North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Russia amidst U.S. cautions not to offer arms By Reuters


© Reuters. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, accompanied by federal government authorities, departs Pyongyang, North Korea, to go to Russia, September 10, 2023, in this image launched by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency on September 12, 2023. KCNA through REUTERS


By Josh Smith and Hyunsu Yim

SEOUL/WASHINGTON, Russia (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has actually shown up in Russia, Japanese media reported on Tuesday, for what the Kremlin stated would be an extensive conversation with President Vladimir Putin amidst cautions from Washington they need to not settle on an arms offer.

Kim left Pyongyang for Russia on Sunday on his personal train, the North’s state media reported on Tuesday, accompanied by leading arms market and military authorities and the foreign minister.

Japan’s Kyodo news company reported on Tuesday, mentioning an unnamed Russian main source, that a train carrying Kim had actually come to Khasan station, the primary rail entrance to Russia’s Far East from North Korea.

“It will be a full-fledged visit,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated. “There will be negotiations between two delegations, and after that, if necessary, the leaders will continue their communication in a one-on-one format.”

An authorities at the Khasan administration decreased to discuss the report of Kim’s arrival.

Putin was anticipated to show up in Vladivostok on Tuesday, where he was arranged to participate in the primary session of the Eastern Economic Forum, which goes through Wednesday.

His conferences with Kim were anticipated to be on the sidelines of the online forum, although there has actually been no verification of the area or whether Kim would participate in the occasion.

U.S. authorities, who initially stated the go to impended, stated that arms talks in between Russia and North Korea were actively advancing which Kim and Putin are most likely to go over offering Russia with weapons for the war in Ukraine.

Pyongyang and Moscow have actually rejected that North Korea would provide arms to Russia, which has actually used up huge stocks of weapons in more than 18 months of war.

North Korea’s KCNA state news company stated Kim was accompanied by leading authorities of the judgment Workers’ Party, federal government and militaries.

Washington and its allies have actually been voicing issue at current indications of closer military cooperation in between Russia and the nuclear-armed North. It will be Kim’s 2nd top with Putin, after they satisfied in 2019.


The North Korean delegation consists of popular members of the celebration who deal with defence market and military affairs, consisting of Munitions Industry Department Director Jo Chun Ryong, an expert stated, which recommends the go to will concentrate on defence market cooperation.

“The presence of Jo Chun Ryong indicates that North Korea and Russia will conclude some type of agreement for munitions purchases,” stated Michael Madden, a North Korea management specialist at the Washington-based Stimson Center.

Photos launched by state media revealed military honour guards and crowds of individuals in dark matches and vibrant gowns waving flowers and flags as Kim boarded the dark-green train, which is thought to be armoured and bring other specialised devices.

On Monday, as the train was bound for the Russian border, Washington restored its cautions to Pyongyang not to offer arms to Russia that might be utilized in the Ukraine war.

“We urge the DPRK to abide by the public commitments that Pyongyang has made to not provide or sell arms to Russia,” stated Adrienne Watson, representative for the White House National Security Council.

DPRK is brief for the North’s main name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The U.S. State Department stated any transfer of arms from North Korea to Russia would breach numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions, which prohibit any arms deals with North Korea.

“We, of course, have aggressively enforced our sanctions against entities that fund Russia’s war effort, and we will continue to enforce those sanctions and will not hesitate to impose new sanctions appropriately,” State Department representative Matthew Miller informed press reporters.

North Korea is among the couple of nations to have actually honestly supported Russia considering that the intrusion of Ukraine in 2015, and Putin promised recently to “expand bilateral ties in all respects in a planned way by pooling efforts”.

In a striking screen of those deepening ties, Kim offered an individual trip of an arms exhibit for Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu when he went to Pyongyang in July, and they stood together to view a military parade that included prohibited ballistic rockets.

Russia had actually voted, in addition to China, to authorize U.N. Security Council resolutions as late as 2017 penalizing North Korea for introducing ballistic rockets and carrying out underground nuclear tests.

Peskov stated the primary subject of the talks by Putin and Kim would be bilateral relations in between the neighbouring nations.

“We will continue to strengthen our friendship,” Peskov stated.


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