Washington. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may soon visit Russia to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin as Russia tries to acquire military equipment for use in its war in Ukraine. An American official gave this information on Monday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the US expects Kim to visit Russia within this month.
The official said the US is not sure where and when the meeting will take place, but Vladivostok, a port city on the Pacific Ocean, could be a possible venue due to its relative distance from North Korea. National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said Monday that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited North Korea last month to try to persuade it to sell ammunition to Russia.
“We have received information that Kim Jong Un is likely to continue these discussions, including a leader-level diplomatic engagement in Russia,” Watson said. He said the United States urges North Korea to ‘Cease its arms talks with Russia and abide by Pyongyang’s public commitments not to supply or sell arms to Russia.’ Shoigu said on Monday that the two countries could conduct joint military exercises. The ‘New York Times’ was the first to report that Kim may meet Putin in Russia this month.
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