Based on the footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday, former CIA North Korea analyst Sue Mi Terry said Kim does not look healthy. “My first reaction looking at Kim Jong Un was, ‘Oof, he doesn’t look too great to me,’” Terry told CNN. “There was a time when he lost a little weight and he looked better.So my initial reaction was that he didn’t look, in terms of being healthy, because his health is something that we always track anyway,” Terry said.
Another thing that the former CIA analyst noted was how Kim made a big deal about Putin’s arrival. The red carpet welcome to Putin made North Korea look like a normal country, she argued.
Putin enjoyed a red carpet welcome, a military ceremony and an embrace from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un during a state visit Wednesday to Pyongyang where they both pledged to forge closer ties. Kim hailed a “new era” in relations as he began summit talks with Putin, who in turn thanked his host for backing Russia’s war in Ukraine.
“We very much appreciate your systematic and permanent support of Russian policy, including on the Ukrainian issue,” Putin said, according to Russian state media.
After a welcoming ceremony in Kim Il Sung square, featuring a military band and mass synchronized dancing, Putin also invited his host to visit Russia.
Putin said at the start of Wednesday’s talks a “new foundation document” was ready to be signed that would set the framework for relations in the long term, as Kim spoke glowingly of the allies’ ties. “Relations between our countries are entering a new era of blossoming, which cannot be compared even with the period of Korean-Soviet relations of the last century,” Kim said, according to Russian news agencies.
The summit is their second meeting in a year, after Kim took his bulletproof train to Russia’s far east last September for a summit with Putin at a space port.
Limo, tea set, artwork: Exchange of gifts
A Russian-made limousine, tea set and artwork are among the gifts exchanged by Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
Back in February, Putin gifted car-enthusiast Kim a Russian-made Auruses.