Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) during their meeting on the Vostochny cosmodrome outside of the town of Tsiolkovsky (former Uglegorsk), some 180 km north of Blagoveschensk in Amur region, Russia, 13 September 2023. EFE-EPA FILE/VLADIMIR SMIRNOV/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN POOL MANDATORY CREDIT

North Korea holds politburo meeting to discuss Kim-Putin summit

Seoul, Sep 22 (EFE).- North Korea’s politburo held a meeting to analyze leader Kim Jong-un’s recent trip to Russia and study future plans to strengthen bilateral relations, state media reported Thursday.

During the meeting of the political bureau of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang on Wednesday, Kim Song-nam, department director of the committee presented a report on Kim’s trip, during which he held a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, KCNA news agency reported.

The report “referred to the fact that the recent visit put the DPRK-Russia relations on a new strategic level in response to the demand of the new era and brought a radical change in the world geo-political situation.”

It also “introduced the long-term plans for developing the DPRK-Russia relations.”

For his part, the North Korean leader “stressed the need to strengthen close contacts and cooperation among relevant fields of the two countries to expand and develop cooperation in every field in an all-round way and thus make a substantial contribution to the promotion of the well-being of their peoples.”

During his 10-day trip to Russia, the longest undertaken to date by the North Korean leader since he came to power in 2011, Kim and Putin held a summit at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s far-eastern Amur region on Sep. 13.

Although the details of the meeting have not been made public, after the summit, Putin said that there was room for military and space cooperation between the two countries.

Last week, media outlets such as The New York Times reported, citing US intelligence sources, that Kim would be willing to support Moscow’s war in Ukraine with “millions” of anti-tank missiles and artillery, while Pyongyang would receive technology for satellites and nuclear-powered submarines in addition to food aid.

South Korea, Japan and the United States have warned that such an agreement would violate the UN Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang and will have consequences for both countries. EFE