South Korea has accused North Korea of saber-rattling ahead of a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff reported that at least one missile was launched by North Korea towards the Sea of Japan on Wednesday morning. While officials in Seoul did not provide further details pending analysis of the projectile’s flight path, Japan’s Defense Ministry stated that the missile had “likely landed”. The Coast Guard advised vessels in the area to be cautious of possible falling objects.
Amidst these heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Kim Jong-un is currently visiting Russia. The agenda of the Russian-North Korean summit has not been specified by Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, who only mentioned that the talks would take place in the Far East. The ongoing situation has seen recurrent missile launches by Pyongyang as well as military drills involving South Korean and US troops.
In related news, the North Korean leader crossed into Russian territory on Tuesday morning via an armored train. Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Vladivostok on Monday for a two-day visit to attend the Eastern Economic Forum. The upcoming talks between the two leaders are expected to address “sensitive issues” and focus on areas of bilateral economic and cultural cooperation, as well as the overall situation in the region. According to Peskov, the negotiations will involve both Russian and North Korean delegations and will be conducted in a one-on-one format. An official banquet will also be held in honor of Kim, but no press conferences are planned.
It remains to be seen how these talks between Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin will impact the already strained relations on the Korean Peninsula. Both North Korea and the United States have been engaged in ongoing discussions about denuclearization, but progress has been slow. The missile launch by North Korea adds to the tension and further complicates the situation.
The international community will be closely monitoring the outcome of the Russian-North Korean summit, hoping for progress in resolving the issues on the Korean Peninsula and ensuring stability in the region. As these discussions continue, it is crucial for all parties involved to prioritize peaceful resolutions and diplomatic efforts in order to avoid any escalation of the situation.