North Korea’s Kim sets forth steps to boost Russia ties as US and Seoul warn about weapons deals

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends a Politburo meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered unspecified steps to further develop relations with Russia after his recent visit to the country as his foreign rivals warn that any cooperation on military weapons would be dangerous and bring consequences.