The Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Kim Jong Un will meet in this month to discuss military cooperation plans between the two nations. The New York Times reported on Monday that Kim Jong Un plans to visit Russia to attend the Eastern Economic Forum, which will be held at the Far Eastern Federal University of Vladivostok. The forum will run from September 10 to 13
Putin is hoping that the North Korean strongman will agree to ship artillery shells, anti-tank missiles and food aid to Russia. Kim, on the other hand, wants Russia to give his country advanced technology such as nuclear submarines and satellites. He also wants food aid. According to The Times, Kim also plans to visit Pier 33 where Russian Pacific Fleet naval ships dock. Officials have also confirmed that at least 20 North Korean officials visited Russia in late November, indicating that Kim is serious about holding a meeting with Russia. According to a report by the Korean Central News Agency, Kim sent Putin a letter in June in which he promised to hold hands. He pledged that his country would show its full solidarity and support to the Russian people. The Times quoted National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne W. Watson as saying that North Korea’s discussions should be stopped. “We urge the D.P.R.K. 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,” Watson said.
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