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Kim Jong Un Meeting With Putin for Nuclear Weapons Supplies

Kim Jong Un Meeting With Putin for Nuclear Weapons Supplies

By RZR News Team
Sep 12, 2023

Fast Facts

  • According to American and allied officials, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is traveling to Russia to meet with Putin to supply the country with nuclear weapons.
  • It is fairly rare for Kim Jong Un to leave his country, so he will likely leave by armored train, to meet with Putin in the city of Vladivostok, which is located on Russia’s Pacific coast.
  • Russia wants artillery shells and antitank missiles; North Korea wants advanced technology for nuclear submarines and satellites, in addition to food aid for the impoverished nation.
  • Informed officials are warning of the active military advancement between Russia and North Korea, citing letters exchanged and talks being held.
  • Kim Jong Un has pledged support for Putin’s dream of a restored Russian empire and the ongoing war in Ukraine.


The meeting between Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin to discuss potential nuclear weapons supplies is a complex geopolitical development that can’t be solely attributed to liberal policies of isolation. The situation on the Korean Peninsula has deep-rooted historical and strategic factors that transcend any particular political ideology.

First, the historical context of North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons dates back decades, spanning multiple U.S. administrations, both liberal and conservative. The motivations behind North Korea’s nuclear program are multifaceted, including regime survival, deterrence, and achieving a perceived status of regional power.

Second, it’s crucial to acknowledge that North Korea’s actions have often defied international norms and provoked responses from both liberal and conservative governments. The imposition of sanctions and diplomatic pressure on North Korea has been a bipartisan approach to curb its nuclear ambitions.

Moreover, characterizing the isolation of North Korea as a solely liberal policy oversimplifies the international response to a complex issue. Numerous nations, including China and Russia, have endorsed and implemented sanctions against North Korea in response to its nuclear program.

Lastly, it is an oversimplification to suggest that these diplomatic meetings inherently threaten the U.S. economically and militarily. Diplomatic efforts should be seen as a means to address security concerns and promote stability in a volatile region.

In conclusion, the Kim-Putin meeting on nuclear weapons supplies cannot be attributed solely to liberal policies of isolation. It reflects a longstanding issue requiring a nuanced, non-partisan approach to address the complexities of security, diplomacy, and international relations in the Korean Peninsula.

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The National Security Council warned Monday that arms negotiations between Russia and North Korea are actively advancing. US officials said that Russia is looking to buy ammunition from North Korea so it can refill its reserves drained by the war in Ukraine. In exchange for the ammunition, North Korea might want food, energy shipments, and transfers of sophisticated weapons technologies. This meeting would be Kim’s first summit with a foreign leader since the closing of his country’s borders. The purpose of these two leaders having a meeting is to discuss the possibility of North Korea providing Moscow with weapons to support its war in Ukraine. 

Buying munitions from North Korea would be a violation of UN resolutions, which is a ban on trading arms with the isolated country, these resolutions were supported by Russia. It’s unclear how far Kim and Putin’s military cooperation could go and any sign of the two countries getting close together does worry rivals like the United States and South Korea. It’s also not clear if Russia would provide weapons for North Korea with technological advancements related to nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles because Russia has always safeguarded its most important weapons technologies. 

Since last year, U.S. officials have suspected that North Korea is providing Russia with artillery shells, rockets, and other ammunition. Even though North Korea has a vast amount of munitions, due to the narrow land link between the countries, there is a limited amount of rail traffic so there are some doubts over if a significant amount can be sent to Russia. The irony of Russia’s new interest in North Korean weaponry is that North Korea’s top arms supplier used to be Moscow before the sanctions and it bankrolled the North Korean regime through aid before the end of communism and the Cold War. Russia has a vast military, nuclear and missile industrial complex, although it is largely struggling due to sanctions. Moscow becoming a regular customer for embargoed North Korean arms, will make it easier for Putin to sustain the Ukrainian war and that is something to worry about. Although there’s no certainty, it is a wonder as to what North Korea will get in return for an arms deal, the deal may be more transactional than strategic. 

– Briauna B.

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​​It has been reported that North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un will be meeting this month with Russian President Vladmire Putin to negotiate an arms deal that would assist Russia in its effort against Ukraine. Both countries are experiencing extreme international isolation – for Russia, this is because of Ukraine, and for North Korea, its development of ballistic missile submarines also poses a threat to world stability. 

This, however, does not come as a shock to many. Ever since the unilateral attack against Ukraine began, hegemonic powers such as the European Union have placed bans on Russian products – predominantly oil – in order to strike Putin’s regime economically. 

Since then, other authoritarian countries, such as China, have worked to offset Russia’s economic losses by buying more of it oil products. That being said, it is only “par for the course” that North Korea does the same. 

Considering this, one might ask why these other countries are so adamant about assisting Russia. The more obvious reason is that Russia and these other countries have a desire to destabilize the international community and its institutions. 

Another reason that may get overlooked, however, is that by Russia establishing its dominance over Ukraine, it is emboldening other malevolent actors to follow suit. Take for example the situation in Taiwan. Similar to Russia’s approach with Ukraine, China is asserting that the Taiwanese territory is actually Chinese territory; therefore, it does not have to abide by the rules of sovereignty, and it is well within its rights to invade. 

If this continues, we may witness a domino effect. Ukraine will just be the beginning unless the international community comes up with a strategy to thwart these partnerships. 

– James Demertzis

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There is that old saying, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” On both grand scales, this maxim has been proven, and now it is about to be proven again. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is planning a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

The seriousness of this event is seen in two distinct ways. The first way is the fact this could create and possibly cement an alliance between Russia and North Korea. The second way is the fact that Kim Jong Un is voluntarily leaving his native Korea to attend this meeting. 

Perhaps the most interesting part about this meeting is the creation of a symbiotic relationship between two countries that have a history of being disobliging when it comes to working with other nations. 

Russia wants artillery shells and antitank missiles; while North Korea wants advanced technology for nuclear submarines and satellites, in addition to food aid for the impoverished citizens of North Korea. 

The call for food aid is an unusual move by Kim Jong Un, due to his history of squandering resources on arbitrary luxuries instead of on the citizens of his country. However, it may be an ostensible move to create a facade for other countries that are suspicious about the deal’s intentions between the two countries.

One could ask this question: How will the legacy of this decision unfold? Will other countries start banding together against North Korea and Russia as the invasion of Ukraine is widened by the intervention of a second country that is not Russia? Or is the world entering another Cold War, if we ever truly left the first one? 

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