USA, South Korea and Japan They decided to take new measures to confront military cooperation between Pyongyang and Moscow, revived in recent weeks.
In a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, this Friday the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Seoul, Park Jin; its counterpart from Japan, Yoko Kamikawa; and the Washington Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenexpressed their “deep concern” due to the situation in the region, the growing tensions and the rapprochement of the regimes.
That is why they agreed to give a firm response to the “potential arms deal” reached between Kim and Putin, which they in turn announced would mean a “violation” of Security Council resolutions of the United Nations.
On September 13, the Kremlin leader received his North Korean counterpart at the Vostochni cosmodrome in Siberia, a meeting designated as “a direct provocation” by neighboring president Yoon Suk Yeol.
This trip, Kim’s first abroad since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020, was key for both parties.
On the one hand, Russia would have managed to close an agreement for the weapons supply which he desperately needs to confront the Ukrainian offensives and continue the war.
It should be noted that, being sanctioned by the international community, Putin was isolated from most countries and, therefore, had to turn to his old authoritarian friends for supplies.
The White House urged, in any case, that North Korea “do not provide or sell weapons” to the Russian Armed Forces and that “fulfill public commitments” previously assumed not to provide them with weapons support.
Meanwhile, Kim would have achieved an exchange of military knowledge and technology which are also useful, considering that Pyongyang has been seeking to strengthen its nuclear program for years although it has encountered failures and obstacles along the way.
During the visit, the North Korean dictator assured that “will always be with Russia” and insisted that “we need to further intensify strategic and tactical cooperation to guarantee security and lasting peace, both in the region and in the world.”
In that sense, his “comrade” Putin proposed “a toast to “the future strengthening of cooperation and friendship between our countries”. “One old friend is better than two new ones,” she insisted on his approach.
Days after the meeting, it was learned, in turn, that the head of the Kremlin will also travel to North Korea although it has not yet been revealed when that will be.
Along with their announcement of new maneuvers, officials from Japan and the United States met with their counterparts from Australia and India and called on “all UN Member States to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions, including a ban on transferring or purchasing weapons destined for North Korea.”
“We underscore the importance of addressing the proliferation of North Korea-related nuclear and missile technologies in the region and beyond,” they concluded.
(With information from Europa Press and Reuters)