Kim Jong Un may soon meet with Putin in Russia for arms talks

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may travel to Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin over the possible sale of arms to support Moscow’s war in Ukraine, the White House said Monday, as the two U.S. adversaries continue to strengthen ties.

U.S. officials say potential arms sales from North Korea to Russia were discussed during a trip to Pyongyang in July by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the first such visit by a Russian defense minister since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

“We have information that Kim Jong Un expects these discussions to continue, to include leader-level diplomatic engagement in Russia,” National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a statement.

The Kremlin said Tuesday that it could not confirm the reports. “We have nothing to say on this topic,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at a news briefing.