At cosmodrome, Kim Jong Un and Putin set stage for greater confrontation with US
Distrust remains an obstacle, but summit showed Russia will ignore sanctions to build ties around anti-Americanism
For the first time in four years, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left the country on a diplomatic trip, traveling by armored train for a summit with Vladimir Putin in the Russian Far East.
But rather than head straight for Vladivostok, the DPRK leader took a surprise route that bypassed the city entirely, instead meeting his Russian counterpart at a location clearly chosen for maximum symbolic impact — the Vostochny Cosmodrome at the center of Moscow’s space plans.
By meeting at the spaceport, the North Korean and Russian heads of state broadcast their efforts
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