South Korea Summons Russian Ambassador Over Russia-North Korea Pact

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SEOUL, June 21 (Reuters) – South Korea’s foreign ministry summoned the Russian ambassador to protest a recent pact between Russia and North Korea. On Friday afternoon, a Reuters witness saw Ambassador Georgy Zinoviev entering the ministry building.

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First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Hong-kyun expressed Seoul’s concerns about the pact and military cooperation between Russia and North Korea to Zinoviev, stating that Russia’s military support for North Korea harms South Korea’s security and would negatively impact Seoul-Moscow relations. He urged Russia to “act responsibly.”

The Russian Embassy in Seoul quoted Zinoviev as saying that cooperation between Russia and North Korea is not aimed at a third country and attempts to intimidate Russia are unacceptable.

South Korea’s Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the treaty as a serious threat to regional peace and stability. In a phone call on Thursday, they discussed ways to respond to the summit between Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and agreed to closely monitor the situation.

Blinken stated that the United States supports South Korea’s responses to security threats and will consider various ways to respond to the threat posed by the Russia-North Korea pact.

Cho also spoke with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, and both expressed grave concern over the treaty. South Korean National Security Adviser Chang Ho-jin indicated that Seoul might review the possibility of supplying weapons to Ukraine in response to the pact.

On the domestic front, ammunition manufacturer Poongsan Corporation saw a 3.42% gain in its stock price, contrasting with a 0.83% drop in the main KOSPI index.

By Naija247news
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