The United States of America has warned North Korea against selling munitions to Russia for its war in Ukraine as tensions between Pyongyang and Washington continue to mount.
The spokesperson of the White House national security, John Kirby said on Wednesday, that the United States is concerned about potential arms deals between Russia and North Korea.
He said “We urge the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to cease its arms negotiations with Russia and abide by the public commitments that Pyongyang has made to not provide or sell arms to Russia,”
Kirby added that the US believes Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu tried to convince Pyongyang to sell artillery ammunition to Moscow when he visited North Korea and met with its leader Kim Jong Un in July.
The White House spokesman however, didn’t give much details on how US officials gathered the intelligence.
Kirby’s comments on Wednesday came just weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kim exchanged letters vowing to strengthen ties between their two countries.
Putin in a statement said “I am sure that we will strengthen the bilateral cooperation in all fields for the two peoples’ wellbeing and the firm stability and security of the Korean peninsula and the whole of Northeast Asia,”