South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has raised his voice concerning the deepening military collaboration between Russia and North Korea. His warning comes after the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited Russia, where discussions on military cooperation took center stage. “The international community will unite more tightly in response to such a move,” he said.
This matter is set to feature prominently on President Yoon Suk Yeol’s agenda at the United Nations General Assembly. He plans to engage with world leaders on this pressing issue, aiming for a collective response to the increasing military coordination between Russia and North Korea.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has departed for the 78th United Nations General Assembly, where he intends to seek international support in addressing concerns about North Korea’s recent summit with Russia.
It is his second appearance at the UN General Assembly since assuming office. He is expected to strongly condemn the emerging military cooperation between North Korea and Russia during his keynote address.
Apprehensions regarding Russia-North Korea ties have escalated following North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s visit to Russia last week, where he engaged in a summit with President Vladimir Putin and explored various high-profile military and technological facilities.
According to analysts, Kim may be seeking to replenish Russia’s depleted ammunition stockpiles due to its involvement in the 18-month-long conflict with Ukraine, potentially in exchange for economic assistance and advanced technologies to modernize weaponry, with South Korea and the US as potential targets.
Many fear that Russia’s transfer of advanced weaponry technology could enable North Korea to develop a functional spy satellite, a nuclear-powered submarine, and more potent missiles. Nevertheless, some experts speculate that North Korea may receive food and financial aid in exchange for supplying ammunition and munitions, given Russia’s strict safeguarding of its high-tech weapons technology.
The Russia-Ukraine war, now in its nineteenth month, has led Moscow to seek support from its close allies as its military has significantly depleted its artillery shells and rockets. At the same time, Ukraine has been urging its Western allies to expedite the production of artillery munitions. Over the years, North Korea has amassed an artillery arsenal, much of which is compatible with Russian systems, raising concerns about the potential implications of this collaboration.
Before his departure to New York for the UN General Assembly, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol provided written responses to questions from The Associated Press. “Military cooperation between North Korea and Russia is illegal and unjust as it contravenes UN Security Council resolutions and various other international sanctions,” he stated.
The gathering occurred at a Russian space rocket launch site, sparking suspicions of an agreement where Russia could receive North Korean ammunition in exchange for advanced military technology information.
President Yoon will elaborate on his assessment of the Russia-North Korea collaboration in his forthcoming address at the annual United Nations assembly. South Korea’s office has disclosed that discussions are ongoing with the United States, Japan, and other international partners to formulate appropriate countermeasures.