On Saturday, North Korea affirmed the strength of its relations with Russia, emphasizing their resilience despite warnings from the United States concerning arms transfers between the two nations. A spokesperson for North Korea's Foreign Ministry issued a statement asserting that the growing ties between the reclusive nation and Russia are a new reality, and the U.S. should adapt to this changing dynamic, as reported by Yonhap News Agency.
The statement comes in response to remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his visit to Seoul on Friday. Blinken stated that Russia is providing "technology and support" for North Korea's military programs. The U.S. expressed concerns over North Korea's potential attempt to launch a military satellite, further adding tension to the geopolitical landscape in the region. Despite these warnings, North Korea remains steadfast in its assertion of strong relations with Russia.
Pyongyang said, "the irresponsible and provocative remarks of Blinken only escalate the dangerous political and military tension in the Korean peninsula and the region and, moreover, do not help relieve the US of its concern".
The recent developments follow revelations that North Korea supplied Russia with a significant quantity of munitions and weapons, purportedly as part of an arms deal negotiated during the rare summit in September between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin. This expanded military collaboration between North Korea and Russia raises concerns about the possibility of Pyongyang receiving technical support from Moscow for its long-range missile program.
The heightened military cooperation has fueled speculation that North Korea might be gearing up for a third attempt to launch a military spy satellite. Previous attempts in May and August were unsuccessful, but Seoul officials suggest that North Korea is in preparations for another launch. The situation adds to the complex geopolitical landscape, with implications for regional security and diplomatic relations.
(With Agency Inputs)