Russian President Vladimir Putin met the visiting foreign minister from North Korea for talks that could facilitate a trip to Pyongyang for the Russian leader and arms transfers to aid Moscow in its war on Ukraine.
Putin held talks with Choe Son Hui on Tuesday during a visit to Moscow, the Tass news agency reported. Choe also met counterpart Sergey Lavrov where he expressed appreciation for North Korea's “support within the context of the special military operation in Ukraine,” Tass said, without providing further details.
Choe's visit comes as arms transfers from North Korea to Russia appear to be increasing, with South Korea and the U.S. accusing Pyongyang of providing more than a million artillery rounds and its latest missiles to the Kremlin for use in its bombardment of Ukraine.
North Korea and Russia have repeatedly denied the accusations. But satellite imagery of North Korea's Najin port near the Russian border taken from October to December shows a steady stream of ships, including Russian cargo vessels, at the facility.
The imagery also shows hundreds of shipping containers being loaded and unloaded, and rail cars ready to transport goods, which South Korea has said includes weapons bound for Russia.
North Korea's official media has yet to comment on the meeting between Choe and Putin but said previously the foreign minister is due to finish her trip Wednesday. Putin…