Putin and Kim’s ‘sacred’ vow

Putin and Kim’s ‘sacred’ vow

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un vowed to fight a “sacred” battle against the West as the tyrants met for unprecedented weapons talks.

The North Korean dictator and Russian dictator, 70, have wrapped up their two hour discussion, thought to be focused on the hermit nation supplying weapons to bolster Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The pair have ended deliberations and begun a lunch in Kim Jong-un’s honour, The Sun reported.

The menu is said to feature a salad of duck, fig and nectarine followed by Russian “pelmeni” dumplings made with Kamchatka crab and then a white Amur fish soup and a sorbet from sea buckthorn.

For the main course, the leaders have a choice of sturgeon with mushrooms and potatoes or an entrecote of marbled beef with grilled vegetables.

For dessert, they will be offered red bilberries from the taiga with pine nuts and condensed milk.

The North Korean leader arrived at the Vostochny Cosmodrome on his armoured train on Wednesday morning after crossing into Russia the day before.

Putin told Kim he was “very glad to see” him, while the North Korean despot thanked Putin for the invitation to Russia.

Speaking at the space base prior to their one-on-one chat, Putin told reporters that the pair would discuss “all the issues” at their meeting.

Asked if Russia would help Kim build satellites, Putin replied: “That’s why we came here. The leader of the DPRK shows great interest in rocket engineering, they are also trying to develop space.”

North Korea experienced failures in recent months as it tried to place a spy satellite into orbit – but has vowed to try for a third time in October.

Kim’s space ambitions are likely tied to his efforts to develop more powerful intercontinental ballistic missiles that are designed to reach the U.S. mainland as space-launch rockets share the same core technologies with those weapons, experts say.

Some analysts say Kim could also seek Russian help in developing ballistic-missile submarines and nuclear propulsion submarines.

Still, it would take considerable time, resources and technological improvements for the heavily sanctioned nation to build a fleet of at least several submarines that could travel quietly and execute attacks reliably.

During their tour of the Cosmodrome, Kim told Putin that Russia was fighting a “sacred” war with the West and he would “always” support Putin.

“Russia has risen to a sacred fight to protect its sovereignty and security… against the hegemonic forces,” Kim told him.

“We will always support the decisions of President Putin and the Russian leadership… and we will be together in the fight against imperialism.”

Kim – who rarely leaves his country – is reportedly willing to hand Putin artillery shells and anti-tank missiles in exchange for satellite and nuclear submarine technology.

The White House has warned that arms negotiations between North Korea and Russia are “actively advancing”.

In return for ammunition, North Korea will likely want shipments of food and energy and transfers of sophisticated weapons technologies.

It’s unclear how far Kim and Putin’s military co-operation could go – but any sign of warming relations will worry rivals like the US and South Korea.

The meeting of the two tyrants came just an hour after North Korea fired two ballistic missiles off its east coast.

It appeared to be the first launch to happen while Kim was abroad for a rare trip with most of his top military leaders.

The missiles were launched from near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, and flew about 404 miles, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Kim arrived in the country late day yesterday on his armoured bullet train, along with his sister Kim Yo Jong – who also holds a lot of power in the North Korean regime.

His sister was seen beaming as her brother met the Russian president, and has even been rumoured to be next in line to rule the country.

The dictator was pictured upon his arrival in Vladivostok surrounded by briefcase wielding guards as a Russian minister shook his hand.

International Relations expert Sergey Radchenko yesterday told The Sun: “The issue at stake is whether North Korea sends weapons to Russia.

“If it does, it would be a relatively important development, with implications for the war in Ukraine.”

Putin has a collection of terrifying superweapons as well as almost 6,000 nuclear warheads at his disposal.

Kim-Jong Un’s most formidable weapon is likely the Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile, which launched earlier this year.

Workers on Wednesday were constructing a temporary wooden platform at a railway station in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

Citing unidentified Russian officials, Japans Kyodo news agency reported that Kim was expected to visit a plant in that city that produces Sukhoi fighter jets after his meeting with Putin.

As Putin and Kim sat down for talks, Russia announced a separate visit by the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi to Moscow.

He will visit the Russian capital on September 18 for talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

This story first appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.