New York —
American Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Wednesday (30/8), said the United States had intelligence indicating that Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had exchanged letters. Russia is turning to North Korea, seeking additional ammunition for its war in Ukraine.
Speaking to reporters, Greenfield detailed the latest findings just days after the White House determined that the Russian defense minister during a recent visit to Pyongyang asked North Korean officials to increase munitions sales to Moscow for the Ukraine war.
Greenfield said Russia was seeking additional artillery shells and other basic materials to shore up its defense industrial base.
“On numerous occasions, the DPRK has openly stated that it will not sell weapons to Russia. We urge the DPRK to halt arms negotiations with Russia and adhere to the public commitments Pyongyang has made.”
DPRK, which refers to North Korea, is an abbreviation of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. (ka/lt)