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N’Korea’s Kim departs Russia, given drones as gift

N'Korea's Kim departs Russia, given drones as gift


Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, has concluded a six-day tour to Russia on Sunday with the departure of his armoured train, according to Russian news media.

Since the coronavirus pandemic, Kim has not made an official trip outside of North Korea, which has increased Western concerns that Moscow and Pyongyang may evade sanctions and sign a weapons deal.

The Ria Novosti agency published a video of Kim’s departure and said a “departure ceremony” was held at the Artyom-Primorsky-1 station, while the TASS news agency said that Kim’s train was headed around 250 kilometres (155 miles) towards the border.

The Russian march “Farewell of Slavianka” is played as the train pulls away from the station, as the clip shows Kim waving goodbye from the train to a Russian delegation led by Natural Resources Minister Alexander Kozlov.

According to a report by TASS on Sunday, it was stated that Kim received a set of five explosive drones, a reconnaissance drone, and a bulletproof vest as gifts from a governor of a certain province.

TASS 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.

TASS said the governor of the Primorye region, which borders China and North Korea, also “offered Kim Jong Un a set of bulletproof protection” and “special clothing not detectable by thermal cameras.”

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