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Russia Proud of How Its Space Industry Developing, Putin Tells Kim Jong Un

© POOL / Go to the mediabankVladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un at Vostochny Cosmodrome
Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un at Vostochny Cosmodrome - Sputnik India, 1920, 13.09.2023
Russian and North Korean leaders are holding meeting in Russia’s eastern city of Vladivostok, where the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) is taking place.
Russia is proud of how the country's space industry is developing, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday.
"I am very glad to see and welcome you again in Russia. This time, as we agreed, [wee meet] at our cosmodrome, the Vostochny cosmodrome. We are proud of how this industry is developing in our country," Putin said after the inspection of the launch complex.
The Russian president noted that the meeting is taking place at a special time, as the two countries mark 75 years of establishing diplomatic relations and North Korea has recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of its founding, reminding that Russia wast the first to recognize the Asian state.
"We, of course, need to talk about economic cooperation, humanitarian issues, and the situation in the region," Putin added.
Here are Putin's statements following the talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Kim Jong Un to visit Komsomolsk-On-Amur factories;
"The chairman [Kim Jong Un] has a big agenda ahead. He is flying from here to Komsomolsk-on-Amur, he will visit factories where aviation equipment is produced, both civilian and military," Putin said on air of the Rossiya 1 broadcaster.
Rules allow for military and technical cooperation with North Korea;

There are certain restrictions. Russia complies with all these restrictions. But there are things that we, of course, can talk about, we discuss, we think about it. And here too, there are prospects. Russia is a self-sufficient country. But within the framework of the current rules, we also have opportunities, which we also pay attention to and discuss them," Putin noted.

Open exchange of views with Kim Jong Un on the situation in the region.

"It is a good start, very productive. A very frank exchange of views took place on the situation in the region and on bilateral relations," the Russian leader stated.

Ties With Russia North Korea's First Priority

Kim Jong Un has called North Korea's ties with Russia his country's first priority.

"Our friendship has deep roots, and the very first priority for our country now is relations with Russia," Kim stated at the meeting with Putin.

The North Korean leader thanked the Russian president for the invitation to Russia, adding that the visit is taking place "at a very important period."
"We want to further develop ties [with Russia]. We have always supported all the decisions by President Putin and decisions by the Russian government," Kim stated.
Kim also expressed confidence that that the meeting will raise bilateral relations between Moscow and Pyongyang to a new level. He added that North Korea would always be together with Russia in the fight against western "imperialism."