The Kremlin has confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet President Vladimir Putin “in the coming days” in Russia.
According to North Korea’s state news agency KCNA, Kim will have a talk with Putin.
Russia and North Korea have grown closer in recent years. Last month, Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu also visited the North Korean capital Pyongyang for a defence exhibition.
Pentagon confirms Kim Jong Un is travelling to Russia
The Pentagon has confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is travelling to Russia.
“We do expect some type of meeting (and) based on the information we’ve been provided, KJU is travelling to Russia,” Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Pat Ryder told reporters.
Ryder declined to provide more details but said the United States remained concerned that North Korea was contemplating providing material support to Russia.
Earlier, Pyongyang and the Kremlin confirmed that a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un will take place.
With North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a trip to Russia, which both the Kremlin and the Pentagon have confirmed, the White House has urged North Korea not to sell arms to Russia for use in the Ukraine war.
“As we have warned publicly, arms discussions between Russia and the DPRK are expected to continue during Kim Jong Un’s trip to Russia. We urge the DPRK to abide by the public commitments that Pyongyang has made to not provide or sell arms to Russia,” said Adrienne Watson, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council.