NATO condemned this Sunday the support of the North Korean dictatorship to Russia in the war in Ukraine and stated that it reinforces the need for the rest of the world to remain “interconnected” to ensure security.
“I believe that in a more unpredictable and uncertain world, it is even more important that countries that believe in freedom and democracy in a rules-based international order stand together,” said the secretary general. Jens Stoltenbergin the framework of his meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin-in, held this Sunday in Seoul.
He also indicated that NATO “is concerned about North Korea’s reckless missile tests and nuclear programs” and added that Pyongyang “is providing military support to the Russian war efforts with rockets and missiles.”
The NATO official’s remarks came after a North Korean official on Sunday denied that his country had provided Russia with weapons and warned the United States of an “undesirable outcome” if it continued to spread such rumors.
On Friday, Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, also condemned the US shipment of tanks to Ukraine, saying Washington “is crossing a red line.”
“The United States, which has exposed the entire European continent to the grave danger of war and has caused concern big and small, is now further crossing the red line,” Kim Yo-jong said in a statement published by the North Korean state agency. KCNA.
“I have no doubt that any military equipment that the United States and the West boast of will be burned to pieces in the face of the indomitable fighting spirit and might of the heroic Russian army and people,” he said, adding that North Korea will always “be in the same trench” with Russia.
The Pyongyang regime’s comment came after the United States decided to send 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine earlier this week and Germany gave the green light to send two battalions of its own and other European Leopard 2 main battle tanks. to that country.
Washington, for its part, has accused North Korea of sending large supplies of artillery shells and other munitions to Russia. to support his offensive in Ukraine, although the Kim Jong-un regime has repeatedly denied the accusation.
North Korea is the only nation besides Russia and Syria to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Lugansk, two Russian-backed breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, and has also hinted at plans to send workers there to help reconstruction efforts.
During his two-day stay in Seoul, Stoltenberg will meet with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeoland other members of the government of the country.
“Our visit is an expression of the great importance we place on the South Korean-NATO partnership and there are many areas where we truly believe that an even stronger partnership can be mutually beneficial,” Stoltenberg concluded.
(With information from EFE and AP)
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