- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has left Russia, wrapping up his six-day trip.
- Before leaving, Kim was reportedly given five explosive drones, a reconnaissance drone and a bulletproof vest.
- The trip has fuelled Western fears that Pyongyang might provide Moscow with arms to use in Ukraine.
The Russian agency said the “leader of the DPRK received five kamikaze drones and a ‘Geran-25’ reconnaissance drone with vertical takeoff”, using the official name of North Korea.
Footage shows Kim waving goodbye from his train to a Russian delegation led by Natural Resources Minister Alexander Kozlov, before the Russian march “Farewell of Slavianka” is played as the train departs.
A send-off ceremony for Kim Jong-un takes place in Artyom, 40km northeast of Vladivostok, following an extended tour of Russia. Source: AAP / TASS/Sipa USA
TASS said that Kim’s train was headed towards the border.
The first official visit abroad for the North Korean leader since the coronavirus pandemic has fanned Western fears that Moscow and Pyongyang will defy sanctions and strike an arms deal.
‘A new era of friendship, solidarity and cooperation’
While meeting Kim, Putin accepted an invitation to visit North Korea and offered to send a North Korean to space, which would be a first.