Kim Jong Un Visits Russian Port City Amid Speculations Of Arms Alliance, Inspects Nuclear-Capable Bombers

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited Russia’s far eastern port city of Vladivostok on Saturday and inspected nuclear-capable bombers and a warship in its Pacific fleet.

What Happened: Kim Jong Un’s visit to Vladivostok further sparked Western concern about a potential arms alliance that might fuel Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s war on Ukraine, reported AP News.

North Korea could seek Russian technology to bolster its military nuclear program, supplying Russia with munitions in return.

Kim’s emphasis on naval strength, including plans to view Russian naval ships, suggests an intention to acquire advanced technologies for missile submarines. This is seen as a response to the expanding U.S.-South Korean military exercises.

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The governor of Russia's Primorsky region, Oleg Kozhemyako, announced Kim’s arrival in the city of Artyom, northeast of Vladivostok. Kim, following his meeting with Putin, visited a factory producing advanced Russian warplanes.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, however, stated that no agreements on military cooperation were signed after the Putin-Kim meeting.

Why It Matters: Kim’s trip to Russia, his first since April 2019, comes after North Korea unveiled a purported nuclear attack submarine. State media claimed it is capable of launching tactical nuclear weapons from underwater.

However, South Korea’s military expressed doubt about the operational capabilities of the sub.

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