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Kim Jong-un Vows “Unconditional Support” to Vladimir Putin as Leaders Meet in Russia

HeadlineSep 13, 2023

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin met earlier today at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in far-eastern Russia. Just hours before the leaders met, Pyongyang fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast. Kim spoke as the brief summit opened.

Kim Jong-un: “Russia is now in the sacred fight against hegemonic forces in order to protect its sovereignty and security interests. We have constantly expressed our full and unconditional support for all the decisions taken by the president and the Russian leadership, and I want to assure you that we will always be together with Russia in the fight against imperialism.”

The details of their private meeting are not known, but North Korea and Russia are expected to be in talks over the trade of weapons and defense technology.

Meanwhile, during a speech at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok Tuesday, Putin said Donald Trump’s prosecution shows the “rottenness” of U.S. politics.

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