White House Warns North Korea Will ‘Pay A Price’ If It Supplies Russia With Weapons

The White House warned North Korea on Tuesday that it would “pay a price” if it supplies Russia with weapons for its war in Ukraine.

“Providing weapons to Russia for use on the battlefield to attack grain silos and the heating infrastructure of major cities as we head into winter to try to conquer territory that belongs to another sovereign nation,” Sullivan said. “This is not going to reflect well on North Korea, and they will pay a price for this in the international community.”

The White House’s words come after reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may soon meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to negotiate on weapons. Senior Biden administration officials told The Washington Post that Kim plans to make a rare trip out of North Korea to meet with Putin later this month.

“It says a lot that Russia is having to turn to a country like North Korea to seek to bolster its defense capacity in a war that it expected would be over a week,” he added. “That in September of 2023, it is going to North Korea to get munitions to try to continue to grind out on the battlefield in Ukraine.”

National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson reportedly said on Monday that U.S. officials obtained information that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu traveled to Pyongyang recently and attempted to persuade North Korea to sell ammunition to Russia.

“We have information that Kim Jong Un expects these discussions to continue, to include leader-level diplomatic engagement in Russia,” Watson said, adding that the U.S. is urging North Korea “to cease its arms negotiations with Russia and abide by the public commitments that Pyongyang has made to not provide or sell arms to Russia.”

It is unclear whether North Korea will heed the White House’s warning. The country has a long history of defying international sanctions, and it is possible that it will see the war in Ukraine as an opportunity to strengthen its military.