The United States Department of State on Tuesday appealed to the authorities of North Korea to end negotiations with Russia for the supply of war materiel.
“We urge North Korea to cease its arms negotiations with Russia and honor the public commitment Pyongyang has made to not provide or sell weapons to Russia”, said the deputy spokesman for US diplomacy, Vedant Patel.
From Washington they assured that these conversations “they are actively advancing”even more so after the latest reports that point to a possible meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“Last month Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Defense Minister, traveled to North Korea to try to convince Pyongyang to sell artillery ammunition to Russia”said the deputy spokesman for the State Department.
In fact, Patel pointed out that the United States has information that the North Korean leader “He hopes that these discussions will continue” and thus be able to include “diplomatic commitments” of the highest level with Russia.
On the other hand, he said that these latest events show the success of the international sanctions applied against Russia, since Putin “has been forced” to “desperately” search for weapons “all over the world.”
Meanwhile, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan assured that North Korea will face consequences if it provides Russia with weapons to wage its war against Ukraine: “They will pay a price for this in the international community.”
The Kremlin remains silent on a possible meeting between Putin and Kim
The Kremlin on Tuesday refused to confirm a possible meeting between Russian leaders Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next week in the Russian Far East, saying it has “nothing to say.”
“No, we can’t” confirm it, said the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitri Peskov, in his daily telephone press conference.
Peskov added that right now the Kremlin “He has nothing to say” on that subject.
Previously, the daily New York Times he wrote about that potential summit, which would be aimed, among other issues, at sealing an exchange of weapons and aerospace and military technology.
The newspaper assures that both leaders could meet next week in the city of vladivostokwhere Putin intends to intervene on the 12th at the VIII Eastern Economic Forum.
According to the American newspaper, Putin would like North Korea to sell Russia artillery and anti-tank missileswhile Pyonyang would be seeking advanced technology for the manufacture of satellites and nuclear-powered submarines, as well as food aid.
The last time the Kremlin chief and the North Korean leader met was in April 2019, also in Vladivostok.
North Korea is one of the few countries in the world that have recognized Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula in 2014 and four other regions in eastern and southern Ukraine in September 2022.
(With information from EP and EFE)