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Kim Enters Russia for Suspected Arms Talks with Putin

The green train that Kim is believed to be traveling in has been spotted at a railway station in Ussuriysk, a Russian city 98km (61 miles) north of Vladivostok, a pro-Kremlin source reported.

Entrances and exits to the station are blocked, Readovka said in a Telegram update at 14:13pm local time

Russian agencies reported that Kim arrived in the Russian border station of Khasan about four hours ago. It is unclear what time he will arrive in Vladivostok.

What we know so far about Kim and Putin’s upcoming Meeting.

Good morning to our readers in the UK and Europe. Kim Enters Russia If you’re just joining us, here’s what we know so far about Kim Jong Un’s trip to Russia to meet Vladimir Putin.

  • Kim is on his way to the port city of Vladivostok via rail. Reports say that he entered the border station of Khasan about two hours ago.
  • The meeting between the two leaders will take place “in coming days”, after the conclusion of the Eastern Economic Forum, the Kremlin has said.
  • Kim has brought top military officials with him. The two countries are expected to finalise an arms deal that could see Pyongyang supply weapons to fuel Russia’s war in Ukraine. The North may in turn get much-needed humanitarian aid for its sanction-starved country.
  • This comes amid repeated warnings from the US to the North against helping to arm Russia.
  • The Kremlin has said Russia is “not interested” in Washington’s warnings and will instead focus on
  • the interests of Pyongyang and Moscow.
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What weapons could North Korea provide Russia?

Crude ammunitions: Russia needs a lot of them in its war against Ukraine. Kim Enters Russia

And North Korea, one of the most heavily militarised countries in the world, has plenty to spare.

The most likely weapons they’ll offer Russia are bullets, shells, and even old missiles, Kim Dong-yup, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, told the BBC. The country has tens of millions of artillery shells and rockets, according to some estimates. Kim Enters Russia

Analysts believe that the country has an excess stockpile because it has not fought a war since 1953.

Professor Kim said handing these older munitions to Russia will not dampen the North’s defense capabilities – at a recent military parade, the North Korean army appeared to be armed with new weapons.

Pyongyang’s firearms are also largely based on Soviet weapons systems. That makes North Korean munitions, to a large degree, compatible with Russia’s arsenal. Kim Enters Russia

Russia’s Shoigu assessed North Korea’s weapons earlier this year.

In July, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu paid a visit to Pyongyang as it was celebrating a key anniversary. Kim Enters Russia

That foray is now being seen as both a courtship and a shopping trip. Shoigu was given a flashy tour of North Korea’s weapons, with Kim showing off the North’s missiles including the Hwasong intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Analysts believe Shoigu’s trip laid the foundations for Kim’s visit to Vladivostok and a possible arms sale.

In late August, a group of North Korean military officials also travelled to Vladivostok from Pyongyang before going on to Moscow, the New York Times reported. That 10-day trip could be seen as a planning expedition.

The deeper into trouble these two leaders have sunk, the more they appear to have realized they need each other. Kim Enters Russia

The US believes the two countries are due to finalise an arms deal that would see North Korea supply ammunition and artillery for the war in Ukraine.

While Vladimir Putin needs weapons to fuel his war in Ukraine, Kim Jong Un needs money, oil, and food, to support his sanction-starved regime. Kim Enters Russia

In return for sending ammunition and artillery to the frontline, it’s thought Mr Kim could also ask Russia to hand over advanced weapons technology, that would allow him to make breakthroughs in his own nuclear weapons programme.

The two leaders are sending a strong political message, that they plan to support each other going forward. Regardless of whether this is true, their planned meeting is no doubt intended to warn Washington not to go too far in its support for Ukraine.

Just to circle back now to the Kremlin’s statements earlier – Moscow also issued comments bristling at the US’ criticism of the meeting.

Russia is “not interested” in Washington’s warnings, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The US’ State Department on Monday had described Russia reaching out to North Korea- an “international pariah” – as a “strategic failure”.

They said Putin had travelled to the ends of Russia, “hat in hand to beg Kim Jong Un for military assistance”.

Washington has also consistently warned North Korea, as well as China and Iran, against aiding Russia in its fighting in Ukraine. Kim Enters Russia

But the Kremlin says: “While implementing our relations with our neighbours, including North Korea, the interests of our two countries are important to us, and not warnings from Washington.”

“It is the interests of our two countries that we will focus on.”

Earlier we heard from South Korea’s defence who said they were “closely watching” any arms deal negotiations between Pyongyang and Moscow.

Pictures released by North Korean media show top military officials in Kim Jong Un’s entourage.

They include commander of the Korean People’s Army Ri Pyong Chol, his number two, Pak Jong Chon, and Jo Chun Ryong, the director of North Korea’s Munitions Industry Department.

Pyongyang has been seeking to strengthen military ties with Moscow as South Korea, the United States and Japan have gotten cosier this year. Meanwhile the US has repeatedly warned the North against helping arm Russia.

Kim Enters Russia at the border station of Khasan in Russia’s Primorsky Krai region about an hour ago.

It is unclear how long he will stay in Khasan, or if his armoured train needs its wheels replaced to run on Russia’s larger tracks. Kim Enters Russia

What we know is that the journey from the station to Vladivostok will take another five to six hours, according to our analysts tracking the train.

Kim has already trundled about 15 hours north-east from Pyongyang (too far south to fit onto our map). His train is moving slowly – about 50km/h (31 mph) is the estimated pace from earlier reports on the train. Kim Enters Russia

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Russian media confirm Kim’s arrival in Russia

State media are now also reporting Kim’s arrival in Russia – an event first noted by the South Koreans.

Citing one of its correspondents in eastern Russia, the RIA state news agency also posted a video of a train with dark green and grey cars, which it said was carrying the North Korean leader.

We have not yet seen confirmed vision of Kim’s train. Kim Enters Russia

Russia says it can provide visit details to South Korea

Moscow says it will give South Korea details of Kim Jong Un’s visit if Seoul asks for it, says the Russian deputy foreign minister Andrei Rudenko. Kim Enters Russia

“We have a South Korean embassy in Moscow. If they want, we can provide the available information,” Rudenko said according to Russia news agency Interfax. Kim Enters Russia

He added that Moscow will continue engaging with South Korea and the two have “common interests in terms of stabilising the situation in Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula.”

South Korea was previously a trading partner with Russia but joined Western sanctions after the war began in Ukraine. Kim Enters Russia

‘Moscow is sending a signal to the West’

Russia doesn’t have a lot of friends, so it needs to get closer to those who are willing to do business with it, analysts say. Kim Enters Russia

Russia wants weapons and North Korea is in a position to provide “at least some support in that regard”, said Samuel Greene from the Center for European Policy Analysis.

Meanwhile, North Korea wants technology for its missile program which Russia can provide. Kim Enters Russia

Russia says it can provide visit details to South Korea

Moscow says it will give South Korea details of Kim Jong Un’s visit if Seoul asks for it, says the Russian deputy foreign minister Andrei Rudenko. Kim Enters Russia

“We have a South Korean embassy in Moscow. If they want, we can provide the available information,” Rudenko said according to Russia news agency Interfax.

He added that Moscow will continue engaging with South Korea and the two have “common interests in terms of stabilising the situation in Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula.”

South Korea was previously a trading partner with Russia but joined Western sanctions after the war began in Ukraine.

Meeting sign of Russian ‘strategic failure’ in Ukraine – State Dept

Vladimir Putin’s turn towards North Korea for military supplies is a sign that his invasion of Ukraine was a “strategic failure”, according to a US State Department spokesman.

Speaking to reporters earlier today, spokesman Matthew Miller said that “there is no better evidence” of that failure than Putin turning to an “international pariah” for help.

US officials believe that the meeting between the two leaders is likely to include a request for North Korea to send ammunition – including artillery shells and rockets – to Russia to replenish stocks depleted over the course of the war in Ukraine.

Quote Message: A year and a half later, not only has he [Putin] failed to achieve his goals on the battlefield, but you see him travelling across his own country, hat in hand, to beg Kim Jung Un for military assistance. from Michael Miller US State Department

A year and a half later, not only has he [Putin] failed to achieve his goals on the battlefield, but you see him travelling across his own country, hat in hand, to beg Kim Jung Un for military assistance.Michael MillerUS State Department

The US will “not hesitate to impose new sanctions if appropriate” to stem the transfer of arms to Russia in violation of “multiple” UN security council resolutions, he added.

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