Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Thursday that the USA and South Korea are involved about alleged navy cooperation between North Korea and Russia.
Blinken met with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Overseas Minister Park Jin during his trip to South Korea this week, the place the leaders mentioned the specter of North Korea — formally known as the Democratic Individuals’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) — and its alleged cooperation with Russia to offer the nation with navy gear to assist in its invasion of Ukraine.
The secretary of State mentioned the 2 nations share “profound considerations” in regards to the “rising and harmful navy cooperation.”
“With regard to DPRK-Russia cooperation, it is a matter of deep concern for each of us in addition to for different nations all over the world, and we’re seeing a two-way avenue,” Blinken instructed reporters in Seoul throughout his go to.
South Korea has warned that Russia is likely being supplied with an array of missiles and ammunition from North Korea. The White Home has additionally mentioned North Korea has delivered 1,000 containers of navy gear and munitions to Russia to make use of in its battle in opposition to Ukraine.
The Biden administration has beforehand condemned North Korea’s transfer to produce Moscow with navy gear. Considerations that the DPRK and Russia have been cooperating arose after North Korean chief Kim Jong Un met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in September.
Blinken additionally mentioned the U.S. has seen Russia present North Korea with help for its navy packages. He famous he and Park spoke about how the U.S. and South Korea might “intensify stress on Moscow to not switch navy expertise to the DPRK, in violation of a number of U.N. Safety Council resolutions.”
“We’re seeing the DPRK present navy gear to Russia for pursuing its aggression in opposition to Ukraine, however we’re additionally seeing Russia present expertise and help to the DPRK for its personal navy packages.,” he mentioned.
“And that’s an actual concern for the safety of the Korean Peninsula, it’s an actual concern for international nonproliferation regimes, it’s an actual concern for the Russian aggression in Ukraine, and an actual concern for its violation of a number of U.N. Safety Council resolutions,” Blinken added.