russia’s possible military deal
United States has issued a strong response after Russian President Vladimir Putin met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and hinted at a military deal between the two countries.
The US threatened North Korea with aggressively enforcing existing sanctions with addition of new ones if Pyongyang provided weapons to Russia for the war in Ukraine. US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said the US would continue to hold accountable anyone who helped the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.
For now, the US said that it was monitoring the situation and would take appropriate action if necessary.
This is not the first time during the war in Ukraine that US suspected North Korean military help to Russia. Last year, the US accused North Korea of secretly sending artillery shells to Russia. Both Moscow and Pyongyang denied the allegation.
Talking to the state television, Russian President Vladimir Putin hinted at military cooperation with North Korea after the leaders of the two countries met in Russia during a summit. Putin said that there was a possibility of military cooperation with North Korea. He said that because of the current international rules, there were certain limitations but both sides were discussing certain possibilities.
Russian President also discussed helping North Korea with its satellite program as well as the war in Ukraine. Putin and Kim also visited Russia’s most advanced space rocket launch site in Russian Far East Vostochny Cosmodrome during the meeting between the two leaders.
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The two leaders held a 2-hour long meeting with their ministers followed by a one-on-one meeting between Putin and Kim. Putin said Kim planned on visiting military and civilian aviation factories in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur and inspected Russian Pacific fleet in Vladivostok.
The US is not alone in expressing concern over the meeting. South Korea also expressed their concern over the possible military deal between Russia and North Korea.