North Korea's Kim Jong Un to meet Putin in Russia this month: U.S. official

The two leaders are expected to meet as talks on a weapons sale are advancing

Updated - September 05, 2023 06:32 pm IST

Published - September 05, 2023 06:49 am IST - WASHINGTON

File picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting in Vladivostok, Russia

File picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting in Vladivostok, Russia | Photo Credit: Reuters

A U.S. official said Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may travel to Russia soon to meet with President Vladimir Putin as the Kremlin tries to acquire military equipment for use in its war in Ukraine.

The official, who was not authorised to address the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the U.S. expects Mr. Kim will make the trip within the month. The official said the U.S. isn’t sure exactly where or when the meeting would take place, but the Pacific port city of Vladivostok would be a likely possibility given its relative proximity to North Korea.

National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson noted Monday that Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu travelled to Pyongyang recently and tried to persuade North Korea to sell artillery ammunition to Russia.

Ms. Watson said, “We have information that Kim Jong Un expects these discussions to continue, to include leader-level diplomatic engagement in Russia.”

She added that the U.S. is urging North Korea "to cease its arms negotiations with Russia and abide by the public commitments that Pyongyang has made to not provide or sell arms to Russia.”

Mr. Shoigu said Monday that the two countries may hold joint war games.

The New York Times first reported that Mr. Kim planned to meet with Mr. Putin in Russia this month.

The White House said last week that it had intelligence indicating that Mr. Putin and Mr. Kim swapped letters following Mr. Shoigu’s visit. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the letters were “more at the surface level” but that Russian and North Korean talks on a weapons sale were advancing.

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