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Moscow [Russia], September 15 (ANI): North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday inspected the engineering centre and production shops of the Yuri Gagarin Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant in Russia's Far East. During his visit to the aviation plant, he was accompanied by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov.

KnAAZ is manufacturing advanced warplanes for the Russian Defence Ministry, including Su-35 and Su-57 fighter jets, TASS reported.

Upon his arrival at the railway station in Komsomolsk-on-Amur city on Friday, Kim Jong Un was greeted by Khabarovsk Region Governor Mikhail Degtyarev and Komsomolsk-on-Amur Mayor Alexander Zhornik. He was given a red carpet welcome, according to TASS report.

The Russian government in a statement said, "The Chairman of State Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-un, was shown the engineering centre and production shops of the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant named after YuA Gagarin (KnAAZ named after YuA Gagarin), a branch of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), and also the site of the production centre of the parent company of the civilian division of UAC Yakovlev."During the visit, Kim Jong-un and Denis Manturov inspected the assembly production of fighter aircraft and the final assembly shop for the Su-35 aircraft and the fifth-generation Su-57 aviation complex, according to the Russian government statement.

The Russian government in a statement said that the production line is built on a flow principle, which allows the technological process to be ensured as efficiently as possible and the assembly time to be reduced to a minimum. The delegation inspected the technological facilities updated as a result of the modernization and technical re-equipment of the enterprise.

"The guests were shown the areas where work is being carried out within the framework of cooperation on the imported Superjet 100 (SJ-100) - fuselage compartments and wing assemblies are being manufactured at KnAAZ," the Russian government said in a statement.

The two leaders visited the final assembly shop of the SJ-100 on the territory of another enterprise - the production centre of the parent company of the civilian division of UAC Yakovlev. The SJ-100 aircraft with Russian systems is currently being tested there and preparations are being made for airfield testing of the aircraft with Russian PD-8 engines, according to the Russian government statement.

Denis Manturov and Kim Jong Un assessed the demonstration flight of the Su-35 multirole fighter. Plant employees greeted the two leaders near the Memorial of Glory to plant workers who died in the Second World War.

Manturov in the statement said,"We demonstrated to the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea one of our leading aircraft production facilities. We see the potential for cooperation both in the field of aircraft manufacturing and in other industries - this is especially important for achieving the tasks facing ourcountries to achieve technological sovereignty." On Wednesday, the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kim Jong Un said Russia will emerge victorious in the fight to"punish the evil forces", adding that he would "always be standing with Russia", CNN reported.

He praised Russia for having"stood up against the hegemonic forces" to defend its sovereignty and security - a veiled reference to the US and the West - and said he has expressed "the full and unconditional support to all that Russia does in response", CNN reported.

Kim said the Russian military and its people will inherit the"shining tradition of victory" and demonstrate their reputation on the front line of the "military operation". The North Korean leader added that both the leaders had an "in-depth discussion" on the political and military landscape of the Korean Peninsula and Europe.

Kim vowed to establish"a new era of 100-year friendship" between the two countries, and proposed a toast to "the great Russia's new victory" and Putin's health. Notably, these remarks come amid concerns of Russia getting into an arms deal with North Korea, according to CNN.

Meanwhile, Putin has said that Russia is considering and discussing some military cooperation with North Korea, CNN reported citing Russian state news agency Russia 1.

"Well, there are certain restrictions, and Russia complies with all these restrictions," Putin told state-owned Russia 1. "But there are things that we can of course talk about, discuss, think about it. And here too there are prospects," he added. (ANI)

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