The president of South Korea warned Russia about the military agreement with Pyongyang: “It would be a provocation”

Yoon Suk Yeol (REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs) (CAITLIN OCHS/)

The president of South Korea On Wednesday, he issued a warning to his global counterparts about the recent communication and possible cooperation between North Korea and Russia, stating that any action by a permanent member of the UN Security Council to circumvent international norms would be dangerous and “paradoxical”.

In his speech before the UN General Assembly, Yoon Suk Yeol invoked the visit of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last week to Russia, which is one of the five permanent members of the Council, the most powerful body of the UN.

Kim met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in far eastern Russia. They both said they could cooperate on defense matters, but did not provide concrete details, leaving South Korea and its allies, including the United States, uneasy.

Vladimir Putin greets Kim Jong-un (Reuters)
Vladimir Putin greets Kim Jong-un (Reuters) (Sputnik/)

It is paradoxical that a permanent member of the UN Security Council, which has been entrusted with the custody of world peace, would wage war by invading another sovereign nation and receive arms and ammunition from a regime that flagrantly violates the resolutions of the Security Council. Security“Yoon told colleagues on the second day of the annual UN General Assembly leaders meeting.

Yoon said that if North Korea “acquires the necessary information and technology” to upgrade its weapons of mass destruction in exchange for giving conventional weapons to Russia, that would also be unacceptable to the South.

Such an agreement between Russia and the DPRK would be a direct provocation that would threaten the peace and security not only of Ukraine, but also of the Republic of Korea.” he said, using the acronym for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “The Republic of Korea, together with its allies and partners, will not sit idly by.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visit the Vostochny Cosmodrome (Reuters)
Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visit the Vostochny Cosmodrome (Reuters) (SPUTNIK/)

South Korea has expressed its support for Ukrainewhich is waging war against the Russian invasion of its territory in 2022. At the G20 summit in India earlier this month, Yoon said Seoul would contribute $300 million to Ukraine next year and – eventually – a support package worth more than $2 billion.

“The nuclear and missile programs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea not only pose a direct and existential threat to the peace of the Republic of Korea, but also (are) a serious challenge to peace in the Indo-Pacific region and all over the world,” Yoon said in his speech.

Foreign experts speculate that Russia and North Korea were pushing for peace agreements. transfer of arms in violation of Security Council resolutions. Both countries have important disputes with the West and are subject to international sanctions.

Kim Jong Un visiting a Russian aircraft plant that manufactures combat aircraft in Komsomolsk-on-Amur (EFE)
Kim Jong Un visiting a Russian aircraft plant that manufactures fighter jets in Komsomolsk-on-Amur (EFE) (GOVERNMENT OF KHABAROVSK REGION//)

While Russian-North Korean cooperation is feared to fuel Russia’s war efforts in Ukraine, it has also fueled unrest in South Korea, where many think a Russian transfer of sophisticated weapons technologies would help North Korea acquire an operational spy satellite. , a nuclear-powered submarine and more powerful missiles.

On Tuesday, South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Chang Ho-jin summoned the Russian ambassador to Seoul, Andrey Kulik, and urged Moscow to immediately end its military cooperation with North Korea, which he believed would have a “very negative impact” on its relations with the South.

North Korea has been increasing its nuclear arsenal for years and raising tensions in the region as it threatens to use nuclear weapons in conflicts. It regularly conducts missile tests, especially last year.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on his way home after concluding a trip to Russia's Far East
Kim Jong Un with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP) (朝鮮通信社/)

In response, Yoon and US President Joe Biden agreed in April to expand joint military exercises, increase temporary deployments of US strategic assets and launch a bilateral nuclear advisory group.

North and South Korea separated after the 1950-53 war, which divided the Korean peninsula. The two countries are still technically in a state of war 70 years after the signing of an armistice.

Kim, North Korea’s leader, heads an autocratic government and is the third generation of his family in power. He was preceded by his father, Kim Jong Il, who died in 2011, and his grandfather Kim Il Sung, a former guerrilla who founded the state.

(With information from AP)