Russia–North Korea talks prove Western sanctions work — White House

5 September, 11:35 PM
Jake Sullivan (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Jake Sullivan (Photo:REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Recently announced top-level talks between Pyongyang and Moscow on potential arms deliveries prove that economic sanctions have diminished Russia’s military-industrial complex, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said at a press briefing on Sept. 5.

"We will continue to call it out, and we will continue to call on North Korea to abide by its public commitments not to supply weapons to Russia that will end up killing Ukrainians," CNN quotes Sullivan.

He added that Washington has not seen evidence that North Korea has supplied Moscow with significant quantities of ammunition or other military aid, so far.

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Sullivan stated that U.S. President Joe Biden's administration has been discussing the possibility of North Korea providing arms to Russia "for quite a while," and it is entirely possible that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may meet with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin to discuss this issue in the near future.

"We have also imposed sanctions, specific targeted sanctions, to try to disrupt any effort to use North Korea as a conduit or as a source for weapons going to Russia; we did so as recently as mid-August, and we have continued to convey that privately as well as publicly to the North Koreans and asked allies and partners to do the same," he concluded.

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