Sat, 30 Sep 2023

On his extended trip to Russia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong Un visited an aircraft factory on Friday, Sept. 15, where he inspected Russia's most sophisticated fighter jet, the Su-57. 

Kim arrived in Russia on his armored train on Tuesday, and met with President Vladimir Putin before touring weapons and technology sites.  His tour included a facility that produces Sukhoi SJ-100 passenger planes, where he was accompanied by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov, a Russian Cabinet statement said.

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"We are seeing potential for cooperation in the aircraft-making and other industries, which is particularly acute for solving our countries' task of achieving technological sovereignty." Manturov said in the statement.

When questioned whether Russia asked DPRK to send troops to fight alongside Russian soldiers in Ukraine, Putin dismissed the idea, calling it "sheer nonsense," Russia's state media reported.

Putin reiterated that Russia would abide by UN sanctions, some of which ban the DPRK from exporting or importing weapons. 

No agreements on bilateral military cooperation were signed after the Putin-Kim meeting Wednesday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov separately said.

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Source: CGTN

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