Kim Jong Un Meets With Vladimir Putin, Pledges ‘Unconditional Support’
Summary from AllSides News Team
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to discuss potential arms sales and other cooperation between their largely isolated countries.
The Details: The pair toured the Vostochny Cosmodrome in eastern Russia, and Putin offered North Korea technological assistance in launching a satellite, which it had tried and failed at twice this year. Translations of the leaders’ statements varied, but Kim reportedly pledged his country’s full support for Russia and its purported “sacred fight” against “imperialism” and “hegemonic forces.”
For Context: The visit was Kim’s first international trip since North Korea shut its borders in 2020. A year and a half into its invasion of neighboring Ukraine, Russia is seeking to replenish its diminished ammunition supplies. In July, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Pyongyang to discuss buying munitions.
How the Media Covered It: Coverage was common across the mainstream news media, often describing the meeting as “rare.” Some coverage took more sensational angles; the New York Post (Lean Right bias) highlighted speculation about Putin’s health, and the Daily Beast (Left bias) said the “lovefest” had a “grim endgame.”
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From the LeftKim and Putin meet at Russian spaceport for possible arms talks
Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin held hours of talks at a Russian spaceport Wednesday in a rare encounter that has fueled Western concerns the North Korean leader will provide military support for the Russian president’s war in Ukraine.
The two leaders smiled and shook hands as they met at the Vostochny spaceport in Russia’s far eastern Amur region, bringing together their increasingly isolated regimes engaged in intensifying confrontations with the United States and its allies.
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From the RightVladimir Putin greets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in eastern Russia for planned meeting
Vladimir Putin greeted North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Russia's eastern Amur region early Wednesday, according to Russian state-owned news agency RIA Novosti.
The two leaders met at the Vostochny cosmodrome for a rare, planned meeting addressing a potential arms deal to help resupply Moscow’s military, which has been drained by its war in Ukraine. Kim is expected to seek economic aid and military technology as part of the discussion.
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From the CenterKim Jong Un meets Putin in Russia as missiles launch from North Korea
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Putin showed Kim around Russia's most advanced space rocket launch site in Russia's Far East and discussed the possibility of sending a North Korean cosmonaut into space. Kim, who arrived by train from North Korea, asked detailed questions about rockets as Putin showed him around the Vostochny Cosmodrome.