You are off here my friend.How do we know it is named Imam Sadegh Space Center? The official name. Sharud is the one given by the western intelligence.
Look no further. It is no secret that Russia is a fallen power that is totally dependent from others for rare earth minerals, critical to the defence, telecommunications and renewable energy sectors.
But cash strapped it can't even pay for the import from China, that totally dominates this sector.
Therefore Russia seeks its survival by barting anything valuable such as Soviet era vintage military tech including WMDs, for the most needed critical North Korean rare earth minerals.
This is even made easier as both nations share 18 km of terrestrial border, and a vast common maritime area were any transaction can be made at sea.
Russia plans investment of $1.5 billion in rare earth minerals, critical to the defence, telecommunications and renewable energy sectors, as it strives to become the biggest producer after China by 2030, a top government official told Reuters.www.reuters.com
• R-27 SLBM
• R-250 engine
• R-16 ICBM
• 9K720 Iskander SRBM
• Various associated TEL
• S-300 SAM
• S-400 Triumf SAM
• 9K330 Tor SAM
• T-14 Armata MBT
• et cetera
All weapon systems proven to have appeared over the recent years in North Korea!
Russia is not desperate at all. Iran and NK got critical systems from Russia in the 90's but not anymore.
Proof for it? PK-4 is so advanced that its near Bulava technology level. If you think Russia would sell Bulava technology...
NK Iskander is very different to RU Iskander
TELs were from INF dismantled IRBMs, no critical technology
S-400 is not in NK
Tor is not in NK, they might have got it via Irans Tor R&D programs
Armata is very different to new NK tank
No: Russia is a superpower and don't proliferate such critical technology as ICBM/SLBM solid fuel technology.
The only technology partner NK has, that is not like Russia and China already at superpower level and would cooperate, is Iran.