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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea's Kim meets Putin at Russian space center

Moscow promises to help Pyongyang develop rockets

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and Russia's President Vladimir Putin meet at the Vostochny Сosmodrome in the far eastern Amur region in Russia on Sept. 13. (Tass via Kyodo)

SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Russian President Vladimir Putin at a space center in eastern Russia on Wednesday and discussed cooperation in developing rockets, an area of particular interest for Pyongyang. 

Putin said that Russia would help North Korea develop rockets at a time when Moscow was reportedly keen to buy munitions from Pyongyang for its war on Ukraine. Putin took Kim to the space center and showed him around in their first meeting since 2019.

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