Blinken admits having “real concerns” over military ties between Russia, North Korea
11/13/2023 // Ramon Tomey // Views

U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken has expressed "real concern" over the military ties between North Korea and Russia – two nations that deem Washington as an enemy.

He voiced out this sentiment during a Nov. 9 appearance in the South Korean capital Seoul, echoing that of South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin. According to Blinken, the cooperation between Moscow and Pyongyang was a "two-way street" involving arms flows and technical support.

"We have real concerns about any support for North Korea's ballistic missile programs, for its nuclear technology [and] for its space launch capacity," Blinken told reporters. "We're working to identify, to expose and – as necessary – to counter these efforts. In terms of the support that Russia may be providing to [North Korea], this is something that we're watching very, very closely."

The U.S. official then explained the "two-way street" concept. Pyongyang supplies military equipment to the Russian forces for its offensive against Ukraine. In turn, Moscow provides technical support to help the North Korean government make military progress. (Related: South Korea accuses North Korea of supplying Russia with over 1M ARTILLERY SHELLS in exchange for advanced technologies.)

"That's a real concern for the security of the Korean peninsula; a real concern for global non-proliferation regimes; a real concern for the Russian aggression of Ukraine; and a real concern for the violation of multiple [United Nations] Security Council resolutions," said Blinken.

Blinken and Park also told reporters that they discussed a so-called extended deterrence strategy in countering threats from North Korea. Under this strategy, American military assets – including its nuclear weapons – will be used to protect Seoul from Pyongyang's attacks. The two officials also emphasized improving cooperation with Japan.

Washington, Seoul and Tokyo have condemned what they allege is the flow of arms and other military equipment from North Korea to Russia. Meanwhile, both Moscow and Pyongyang have denied any arms deals – albeit the leaders of both nations pledged closer military ties during a September meeting.

Park brings up possible link between Hamas and North Korea

According to Blinken, the U.S. and its two East Asian allies were increasing cooperation amid the threat of North Korea. The hermit kingdom, formally the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has been developing its nuclear weapons and missiles in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

"Already, our three countries are taking steps to improve our joint response through real-time sharing of DPRK missile warning data, trilateral defense exercises and efforts to counter DPRK's malicious cyber activities," the American official said. A day before the press conference, Blinken and other foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) were present in Japan. They condemned North Korea's transfer of arms to Russia, something they alleged was a direct violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Meanwhile, Park noted that he joined Blinken and the other G7 ministers in urging humanitarian pauses in the fighting. Seoul was also keenly monitoring reports of North Korea's involvement in aiding Hamas, Park added.

"We are keeping a close eye on any North Korean link to weapons that Hamas is using, or Hamas' doctrine or strategies – all of those activities. If any link is confirmed, I think North Korea should be condemned accordingly."

For its part, the DPRK has denied the claims that its weapons are being used by Hamas. It argued that the accusation was a ploy by Washington to divert attention away from its responsibility.

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