Kim Jong Un is heading again to North Korea after a six-day go to to Russia the place he had talks with Vladimir Putin on forging nearer ties – together with militarily.
Russia’s minister of pure assets Alexander Kozlov and Primorye regional governor Oleg Kozhemyako attended the gathering, which additionally featured a Russian navy band taking part in each nations’ nationwide anthems in addition to the Russian patriotic march tune Farewell of Slavianka.
Earlier than leaving, Mr Kim was reportedly presented with five kamikaze drones and a bulletproof vest as a present.
Governor Kozhemyako additionally handed the chief anti-thermal imaging garments and a reconnaissance drone, Russia’s state media company Tass reported.
Since travelling to Russia final Tuesday on his first abroad journey in additional than 4 years, Mr Kim has met President Vladimir Putin and visited key navy and know-how websites.
Mr Kim pledged his support to Russia in what he has described because the “battle in opposition to imperialism”.
The journey sparked world issues that there may very well be weapons offers between the 2 nations that are locked in separate stand-offs with the West.
He additionally stated it “contravenes UN Safety Council resolutions and varied different worldwide sanctions”.
He added: “The worldwide neighborhood will unite extra tightly in response to such a transfer.”
UN Safety Council resolutions – which everlasting member Russia beforehand endorsed – ban North Korea from exporting or importing any arms.
Pyongyang might present badly-needed typical munitions for Moscow’s struggle in Ukraine in alternate for stylish Russian weapons know-how that will advance Mr Kim’s nuclear ambitions, stated US and South Korean officers.
A switch of such tech might assist North Korea construct highly effective missiles, a nuclear-propelled submarine and a spy satellite tv for pc, in keeping with specialists.
The nation might additionally search financial and meals support from Moscow.
On Friday, Mr Kim visited an plane manufacturing unit within the metropolis of Komsomolsk-on-Amur that produces Russia’s strongest fighter jets.
On Saturday, he had a close-up take a look at Russia’s strategic bombers and different warplanes at an airport close to Vladivostok, the place he was guided by defence minister Sergei Shoigu.
The warplanes have been among the many sorts which have been used within the Ukraine conflict, together with the Tu-160, Tu-95 and Tu-22 bombers which have usually launched cruise missiles.
Mr Kim later inspected the Admiral Shaposhnikov frigate, as he was proven Russia’s naval energy.
Earlier as we speak, earlier than leaving Russia, Mr Kim toured a college and visited an aquarium the place he noticed beluga whales, bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and “Misha” the walrus performing.
Throughout his go to to Russia, Mr Kim invited Mr Putin to go to North Korea at “a handy time”, and the president accepted.