Russia Needs Weapons. North Korea Could Supply Them : Consider This from NPR When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2019, both countries were in a different position. Russia had yet to invade Ukraine.

Four years later, Russia is trying to secure weapons from North Korea. The two leaders are expected to meet this month to discuss a deal.

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jean Lee, the former Pyongyang bureau chief for the Associated Press, and Georgetown University's Angela Stent, about the upcoming meeting between Kim Jong Un and Putin — and what North Korea might get out of it.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

What Putin And Kim Jong Un Stand To Gain By Meeting

What Putin And Kim Jong Un Stand To Gain By Meeting

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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky island in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on April 25, 2019. Alexey Nikolsky/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky island in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on April 25, 2019.

Alexey Nikolsky/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images

When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2019, both countries were in a different position. Russia had yet to invade Ukraine.

Four years later, Russia is trying to secure weapons from North Korea. The two leaders are expected to meet this month to discuss a deal.

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jean Lee, the former Pyongyang bureau chief for the Associated Press, and Georgetown University's Angela Stent, about the upcoming meeting between Kim Jong Un and Putin — and what North Korea might get out of it.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brianna Scott and Vincent Acovino. It was edited by Sami Yenigun, Sarah Handel and Vincent Ni. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.