As Putin courted Pyongyang, Kim Jong-un met with Russia’s military minister

After meeting Kim Jong-un on a rare high-level visit to the isolated nuclear-armed state, Russia’s defence minister promised to strengthen military ties with North Korea.

Sergei Shoigu, the general in charge of leading the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, is in Pyongyang this week to commemorate 70 years since the signing of the armistice that brought an end to the 1950–53 Korean War, which is celebrated as “Victory Day” in the North. Shoigu is also part of a Chinese delegation.

State media stated that Kim offered a tour of North Korea’s newest and most sophisticated arsenal to the Russian minister on Thursday, passing enormous intercontinental ballistic missiles and rarely unseen military drones.