February 21, 2024

Russian VIP military jetliner flies to North Korea hours after satellite launch

Flight by plane that has visited DPRK multiple times comes amid concerns about space cooperation between two countries

A Russian military aircraft flew to Pyongyang on Wednesday, less than a day after North Korea launched a military spy satellite in space, aviation tracking data shows.

The flight by the Russian Air Force Ilyushin Il-62M passenger plane again draws attention to military cooperation between the two countries, after the U.S. alleged the DPRK was supplying weapons to Moscow, potentially in return for technical assistance with its space program.