North Korea will “pay a price” if it supplies weapons to Russia for use against Ukraine, a top U.S. official said Tuesday, as Washington observed arms negotiations between the two countries.
Mr. Sullivan said that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had likely traveled to Pyongyang in late July “to ask for weapons” from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
He added that Mr. Kim may be anticipating “in-person leader-level discussions” with Russia about their arms deal but that he could not provide a specific timeline.
“I can’t get into all the details of what we know. But at the broad parameters, that is what we are seeing: ongoing discussions and discussions where we have information that the leadership of North Korea sees this as potentially leading to leader-level engagement,” he told reporters.
Mr. Sullivan said that Moscow is seeking support from North Korea because “we have continued to squeeze Russia’s defense industrial base, and they are now going about looking to whatever source they can find for things like artillery ammunition.”
Providing Russia with weapons for its ongoing war against Ukraine “is not going to reflect well on North Korea, and they will pay