Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, president of the Russian Federation, on Nov. 8 met General of the Korean People’s Army Hyon Yong Chol, minister of the People’s Armed Forces, who participated in the event for congratulating Marshal Dmitri Yazov, former Soviet minister of Defense, on his 90th birthday.

Kim Jong-un has strengthened his grip on North Korea’s military by sacking his former protector and promoting a lesser-known military figure, Hyon Yong Chol in July 2012.  On July 15, Ri Yong Ho was relieved of all his Party duties  (Politburo Standing Committee membership, Politburo membership, and Party Central Military Commission vice-chairmanship) and subsequently replaced by Hyon Yong Chol, who is not well-known outside North Korean leadership circles.

According to China Daily “Russian companies will modernize railway network and build new railroads in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the next 20 years, a senior Russian official said Tuesday. Far East Development Minister Alexander Galushka said Russian private investors will invest $25 billion to upgrade infrastructure and 3,500-km railroads in the DPRK in exchange for access to the country’s natural resources.”

It should be noted that the railway network is under the control of North Korean army. Therefore we should observe an increase of meetings between the Russian and North Korean army within the next months.

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