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Kim Jong Un Plans Meeting with Putin to Discuss Weapon Supplies

INTERNATIONAL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is reportedly planning a trip to Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin later this month, according to a New York Times report. The meeting aims to strengthen military ties between the two nations, particularly in the context of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

During this rare diplomatic mission, Kim is expected to travel from Pyongyang to Vladivostok, a port city on Russia's Pacific Coast, likely by armored train. The leaders will discuss Kim providing Russia with artillery shells and anti-tank missiles in exchange for advanced technology, including satellites and nuclear-powered submarine technology.

This development comes amid growing concerns in the United States about deepening military cooperation between North Korea and Russia. Russia has also expressed interest in joint military exercises with North Korea, emphasizing the importance of peaceful coexistence with neighboring nations.

While the details of Kim's visit to Moscow are not yet confirmed, the Kremlin has signaled its intention to strengthen relations with North Korea, one of its Cold War allies. North Korea is one of the few countries that supported Russia's annexation of parts of Ukraine in 2022.

The United States recently imposed sanctions on entities it alleges are involved in arms deals between North Korea and Russia. North Korea, although known for its missile and nuclear tests, rarely conducts joint military exercises with neighboring countries, in contrast to the regular exercises held by the U.S. and South Korea, which North Korea sees as preparation for war.

This upcoming meeting between Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin will be closely monitored for its potential implications on the ongoing conflicts in the region and global geopolitics.

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