North Korea leader Kim Jong-un met with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for a tour of the Vostochny cosmodrome space center in Russia’s far eastern Amur region on Wednesday, per the Kremlin’s Telegram channel.
Why it matters: There’s growing concern that Pyongyang could supply weapons to the Kremlin for Putin’s war on Ukraine. Asked whether the leaders would discuss arms supplies or “military-technical co-operation,” Putin said “we will discuss all the topics,” per a BBC translation.
State of play: Kim said ahead of the meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome space center that his first visit to Russia in four years underscored the “strategic importance” of relations between Pyongyang and Moscow, according to North Korean state media.
Of note: Hours before the meeting, officials in South Korea and Japan reported that Pyongyang had fired a ballistic missile into the East Sea.