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    North Korea’s Kim Sets Forth Steps to Boost Russia Ties as US and Seoul Warn About Weapons Deals

    North Korea's Kim Sets Forth Steps to Boost Russia Ties as US and Seoul Warn About Weapons Deals

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered unspecified steps to further develop relations with Russia after his recent visit to the country as his foreign rivals warn that any cooperation on weapons would be dangerous and bring consequences.

    Experts speculated North Korea and Russia likely discussed banned arms transfer deals and other cooperation measures during Kim's six-day trip last week. They say the two countries are serious about sharply boosting their ties while they are engaged in separate confrontations with the West.

    During a Politburo meeting on Wednesday, Kim arranged for work to be done on further developing bilateral ties at “a high level at the practical stage” to consolidate “the success” of his Russia trip, the official Korean Central News Agency said Friday.

    Kim underscored the need to expand bilateral cooperation in every field, making a substantial contribution to the promotion of the well-being of the people of the two countries, said.

    While traveling in Russia's Far East, Kim met with President Vladimir Putin and visited key Russian military and technology sites. The two suggested they would cooperate on defense issues but gave no specifics, which left South Korea and its allies — including the United States — uneasy.

    Observers say Kim could ship ammunitions to refill Putin's exhausted arms stores to back his war efforts in in return for…

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