Kim, from North Korea, arrives at the Russian spaceport for discussions with Putin.

Images provided by the Kremlin showed President Vladimir Putin shaking hands with a beaming Kim Jong Un at the Vostochny Cosmodrome on Wednesday, beginning a summit that could see the two isolated leaders broker a weapons deal.

The North Korean leader has traveled overland to Russia in his bullet-proof train with an entourage that signaled a significant military focus for the summit, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

In the latest in a series of sanctions-busting tests, North Korea fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday while Kim was out of the country, according to the South Korean military.

Despite Putin’s “busy schedule,” Kim praised him for accepting his invitation to come to Russia. Earlier, he had emphasized that the trip, which was his first after the crisis, was evidence that North Korea was “prioritizing the strategic importance” of its relations with Russia.

Putin stated that the meeting place was chosen because Moscow intends to assist North Korea with its satellite programs. The two are meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome, a Russian spaceport about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from Vladivostok.

Putin referred to North Korea by its formal name, the DPRK, and stated that its leader had a keen interest in rocket technology and that the country was working to develop space.

Without rushing, we will discuss every subject. When questioned by reporters if military cooperation would be on the agenda, he responded that there was still time.

Sergei Shoigu, the Russian defense minister, who visited Pyongyang in July and has lately suggested bilateral cooperative naval exercises, will take part in the talks, according to Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s press secretary, according to RIA Novosti and TASS.

According to KCNA, Kim is joined by senior military figures such as Jo Chun Ryong, director of the munition industry department, and Marshal Pak Jong Chon of the Korean People’s Army.

According to experts, the meeting at the cosmodrome is symbolic and suggests that Russia might support North Korea’s satellite and rocket ambitions.

Recently, Pyongyang’s attempts to launch a military spy satellite into orbit were unsuccessful twice.

According to An Chan-il, a defector turned scholar who runs the World Institute for North Korea Studies, the spaceport appears to be the best place because it answers shared goals, such as providing satellite technology demanded by North Korea.

He added Pyongyang is seeking assistance in modernizing its Soviet-era weaponry, particularly for its air force and navy, while Russia is eager to obtain North Korea’s stockpile of artillery rounds expected to be used in Ukraine.

He noted that the proliferation of North Korea’s numerous rocket launchers and other artillery munitions to Russia could have a big effect on the conflict in Ukraine.

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