Kim Jong Un to visit Putin for weapons talks
September 14, 2023 - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to travel to Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin and discuss the possibility of supplying Russia with weapons for its war in Ukraine, U.S. officials say.
The New York Times reported that the meeting between Kim and Putin could take place in the port city of Vladivostok, on the east coast of Russia.
The newspaper's diplomatic correspondent, Edward Wong, told BBC News channel that an advance team of North Korean officials had travelled to Vladivostok and Moscow late last month.
Kim is expected to travel by armoured train, as he did for his first summit with Putin in Vladivostok in
Both leaders would meet on the campus of Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok to attend the Eastern Economic Forum, which is scheduled to run Sep 10 to 13, the New York times reports.
Kim also plans to visit Pier 33, where naval ships from Russia’s Pacific fleet dock, U.S. officials said. North Korea celebrates the anniversary of its founding on Sep 9.
The possible meeting comes after the White House said it had new information that arms negotiations between the two countries were “actively advancing”.