SEOUL: United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his South Korean and Japanese counterparts expressed “severe concern” over the dialogue of military cooperation between Russia and North Korea, together with potential arms buying and selling, South Korea’s International Ministry stated on Saturday (Sep 23).
Blinken, South Korea’s International Minister Park Jin and Japan’s International Minister Yoko Kamikawa agreed to reply firmly to any acts that threaten regional safety in violation of United Nations Safety Council resolutions in a quick assembly on Friday, the ministry stated in an announcement.
North Korea’s chief Kim Jong Un made a week-long visit to Russia final week and mentioned navy cooperation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
US and South Korean officers have expressed concern that the summit was aimed toward permitting Russia to accumulate ammunition from the North to complement its dwindling shares for its struggle in Ukraine.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol stated on Wednesday that if Russia helped North Korea improve its weapons applications in return for help for its struggle in Ukraine, it would be “a direct provocation”, and Seoul and its allies wouldn’t stand idly by.