OREANDA-NEWS  The United States is not concerned about Russian President Vladimir Putin's trip to the DPRK, but they are concerned about the deepening of Russian-North Korean relations, said John Kirby, coordinator of strategic communications at the National Security Council.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in Pyongyang late in the evening on June 18, the main part of the visit is scheduled for June 19, Russian Presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said earlier at a briefing.

"We are not worried about this trip. We are concerned about the deepening of relations between these two countries, not only because of the consequences for the Ukrainian people... but also because there may be some reciprocity that will affect security on the Korean Peninsula," Kirby said at a White House briefing.

He added that the United States does not yet see all the "parameters" of such cooperation, but intends to carefully monitor its development.

The foreign ministers of a number of US allies had previously stated that Russia allegedly used weapons supplied from the DPRK to attack Ukraine's critical infrastructure. North Korea has repeatedly denied statements by Western media and officials that it allegedly supplies weapons to the Russian Federation. A representative of the North Korean Foreign Ministry stated that the DPRK has never had any arms deals with the Russian Federation, and any media report about this is "the most absurd rumor." The head of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's department for U.S. Affairs, Kwon Jung-geun, also noted that the United States "stupidly" tried to justify the supply of its weapons to Ukraine by spreading a "groundless version" of alleged arms deals between North Korea and Russia.

As Russian Ambassador to Pyongyang Alexander Matsegora stated in an interview with RIA Novosti, there is no talk of supplying North Korea with Russian ammunition, North Korea is actually in a pre-war situation, they need arsenals themselves.

Earlier, the director of the Department of International Organizations of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Pyotr Ilyichev, told RIA Novosti that UN experts monitoring possible violations of Security Council sanctions against the DPRK refute the accusations that Moscow violates these restrictions. According to Ilyichev, Russia is responsible for its international obligations, and those who are fixated on the task of discrediting the Russian Federation are engaged in speculation.