Kim Jong Un Set to Negotiate Arms Deal with Putin in Russia

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In a remarkable development, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is planning to journey to Russia to negotiate with President Vladimir Putin, as indicated by a United States official. The two leaders will explore the prospect of North Korea supplying Moscow with armament to aid its ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The precise location for this impending rendezvous remains undisclosed and no comment on this report has emerged from either North Korea or Russia. Rumor has it that Kim Jong Un’s mode of transportation will likely be an armored train, as revealed by an inside source. This prospective meeting follows the White House’s announcement concerning fresh intelligence which points to the progress of arms negotiations between the two nations.

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During a recent visit to North Korea, Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu is reported to have made an attempt to persuade Pyongyang to trade artillery ammunition with Russia. It was during this meeting that Kim Jong Un revealed to international visitors, the Hwasong intercontinental ballistic missile, for the first time since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. This exercise on transparency as well exhibits North Korea’s first ICBM to utilize solid propellants.

Subsequent to this, both Putin and Kim exchanged letters expressing their commitment towards strengthening their bilateral association. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby has urged the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to hold off armament negotiations with Russia and commit to not providing or selling armament to the mentioned nation.

The repercussions of disregarding this appeal would result in the imposition of sanctions by the United States. It also instigates concern in Washington and Seoul regarding the potential benefits North Korea would seek from such a deal, which might lead to enhanced military collaboration forming between these two Asian nations.

Furthermore, fears have been stirred that Russia could furnish North Korea with weapons when they need them the most. The North Korean leader could also turn to Russia for advanced weaponry technology to facilitate advancements in his nuclear program.

Nevertheless, from another perspective, this deal could be more transactional than strategic. Russia currently seeks weaponry while North Korea, plagued by sanctions, seeks financial aid and provisions. Speculations are rife that the meeting between Kim and Putin could be held in the port city of Vladivostok, situated on Russia’s east coast.

Denying their participation in supplying Russia with arms for its warfare in Ukraine, both Pyongyang and Moscow have consistently rebuffed all rumors on this topic. Concerning Kim Jong Un’s anticipated visit to Russia, if it becomes public knowledge, Kim’s paranoid nature may lead him to cancel the whole affair due to concerns over his personal security.

Despite a stockpile of weapons, North Korea’s weaponry is purported to be in poor condition. Yet Moscow, in its desperation for munitions, may have to acquiesce to North Korea’s demands, which is predicted to be staggeringly high.

The most recent meeting between Putin and Kim took place in April 2019, where Kim arrived by train at Vladivostok, and was welcomed with traditional bread and salt, marking his last known travels abroad. Following this encounter, Putin expressed that Kim would need “security guarantees” to relinquish his nuclear armaments program. This meeting happened in the wake of the failed summit in Vietnam between Kim and then-US President Donald Trump, regarding the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.