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Russian President Vladimir Putin met with North Korea’s Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui in Moscow, sparking discussions about potential arms transfers between the two nations and a possible visit by Putin to Pyongyang. The talks, reported by Tass news agency, included discussions on North Korea’s support for Russia’s military actions in Ukraine.
Choe Son Hui also met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, where he expressed gratitude for North Korea’s backing of Russia’s operations in Ukraine. The visit comes amidst allegations from South Korea and the US that North Korea is providing significant military aid to Russia, including artillery rounds and advanced missiles for use in Ukraine.
Satellite imagery from North Korea’s Najin port, near the Russian border, has shown increased activity, including Russian cargo ships and the movement of shipping containers and rail cars. This activity has raised suspicions about the transfer of weapons to Russia, although Pyongyang has not officially commented on these specifics.
The potential arms deal is seen as mutually beneficial for both parties. Russia gains additional weaponry for its conflict in Ukraine, while North Korea could receive economic benefits and technological support for its military programs. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has suggested that Moscow may be offering technological aid to Pyongyang in return for the arms.