North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un traveled by armored train to Vladivostok in eastern Russia to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The meeting, which also draws attention as Kim's first overseas visit since 2019, is being held with the aim of improving relations between the two countries, according to local sources.
During the meeting, it was stated that Putin will work for an agreement to replenish the ammunition stock, which has reached the point of exhaustion in the Ukrainian war, which he started in 2022. According to reports from the US and Western sources, Russia will meet its needs from Pyongyang to prevent the recent progress of the Ukrainian army, which has turned into a highly destructive army with Western support.
The United States(US) administration reacted to the upcoming meeting between the leaders of the two countries, which are heavily sanctioned by the West. In the statement made by Washington regarding the visit, statements that would anger the Moscow administration were used.
The US administration called on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "not to supply weapons to Moscow" before his visit to Russian President Vladimir Putin. White House National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson made statements to Yonhap News Agency before Kim's visit to Russia.
Emphasizing that a potential arms deal will be on the agenda in Kim and Putin's meeting, Watson said: "We call on North Korea to comply with Pyongyang's public commitments not to provide or sell weapons to Russia."
The State Department stated that Putin was desperate over the Ukrainian conflict and reiterated warnings that any arms deals could trigger new US sanctions.
"I would characterize it as Putin begging for help," Ministry Spokesperson Matthew Miller said.
"I will remind both countries that any arms transfer from North Korea to Russia would be a violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions," he added.
Source: Anadolu Agency