Rifle, fur cap, drones: North Korea’s Kim returns with gifts from Russia | Albiseyler

Rifle, fur cap, drones: North Korea's Kim returns with gifts from Russia

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves as he boards his train at a railway station in the city of Artyom near Vladivostok in the Primorye region, Russia, September 17, 2023. Russian Primorye Region Government/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo Get license rights

SEOUL, Sept 18 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is heading home on Monday, most likely with gifts from his Russian hosts including a rifle, an astronaut glove and military drones – themselves a violation of U.N. sanctions. .

The following are some of the items he brings back to the “friendship” museum, which houses the gifts received by three generations of Northern leaders.

GIFTS FROM RUSSIA

After his summit with Russian President Putin, Kim received a Russian-made rifle of “the highest quality,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Kim reciprocated with a rifle for Putin “made by North Korean craftsmen”.

Putin also unveiled a glove from a spacesuit worn in space, Russia’s TASS news agency reported.

Oleg Kozhemyako, the governor of the Primorsky region, presented Kim with a set of modern, lightweight body armor designed for offensive operations that protect the chest, shoulders, throat and groin, Russian media reported.

Kim was also presented with five one-way attack drones and the Geranium-25 reconnaissance drone, which is widely used in the war in Ukraine, TASS reported.

That violates at least two UN Security Councils resolution against the North – which Moscow voted to approve – imposed for its banned missile and nuclear activities.

Kim received a fur cap from Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Vladivostok, where he viewed Russia’s nuclear bombers, fighter jets equipped with hypersonic missiles and a warship.

According to the Russian news agency RIA, there was a scramble to determine the correct size of the hat. Russia’s ambassador to Pyongyang, Alexander Matsegora, suggested a size slightly smaller than his own “very large head,” which turned out to be just about right.

“It is also important that it is a gift from the heart. And Comrade Kim Jong Un liked it,” Matsegora said.

Kim began his visit with a stop in the Russian border town of Khasan, where he was presented with a photo of Yuri Gagarin, the cosmonaut who became the first man to orbit the Earth.

‘COMPARED TO THE LOUVRE’

North Korea has gone to great lengths to showcase the gifts Kim, as well as his father Kim Jong Il and grandfather and founder of the state Kim Il Sung Kim Il Sung, received from foreign dignitaries, dedicating a special museum to them.

Located in the foothills of Mount Myohyangsan 160 km (99 mi) from Pyongyang, the International Friendship Exhibition is two imposing concrete structures built in a traditional architectural style with blue tile roofs.

The museum opened in 1978 and includes more than 100 showrooms with more than 115,000 objects from more than 200 countries, according to the North’s state media.

The scope and importance of the collection make it comparable to the Louvre in Paris, North Korean media said.

WHO ELSE SENT GIFTS?

The collection includes crystalware sent by former US President Jimmy Carter, a tea set from French President Francois Mitterrand, a basketball signed by Michael Jordan given by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during her visit in 2000, and a rifle donated by the late Cuban leader. Fidel Castro.

Propaganda plays a big role in how donations from South Koreans are portrayed, with big-screen television of former president Kim Dae-jung, who has engaged Pyongyang with peace policies, a prominent feature.

Hyundai Motor’s flagship Dynasty sedan was gifted to Kim Jong Il by Hyundai Group’s North Korean-born founder, Chung Ju-yung, who spearheaded investment in the North after the 2000 inter-Korean summit.

Reporting by Jack Kim in Seoul and Lidia Kelly in Melbourne. Editing by Gerry Doyle

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