- Kim Jong Un in Russia for Meeting with Putin
- Possible Arms Deal on the Agenda
- Speculation on Weapons Exchange Between Russia and North Korea
It is currently en route to Vladivostok, where the Eastern Economic Forum is being hosted by Russia.
This trip is anticipated to take an additional five to six hours.
It is rumored that his train includes at least twenty bulletproof carriages, making it heavier than typical trains. It can only travel at approximately 59 kilometers per hour (37 miles per hour) due to its weight.
According to the White House, new information indicates that Russia and North Korea are “actively advancing” in their armament negotiations.
Earlier, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby stated that Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu attempted to “convince Pyongyang to sell artillery ammunition” to Russia during a recent visit to North Korea.
“What matters now is whether both sides can agree on reasonable prices for the other’s assistance,” he said.
He stated that Russia will likely ask North Korea for conventional arms, such as artillery projectiles and rocket artillery munitions, in exchange for food and raw materials as well as continued support in international forums such as the United Nations.
It is believed that Russia may need 122mm and 152mm shells because its supplies are running low. But it is difficult to ascertain North Korea’s complete artillery stockpile due to its secrecy.
At the July meeting between Mr. Kim and Mr. Shoigu, the Hwasong intercontinental ballistic missile, believed to be the country’s first ICBM with solid propellants, was on display.