North Korea Fumes Over Blinken’s Comments On Ties With Moscow
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 09: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) and South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin (R) attend the joint press conference after their meeting at the foreign ministry on November 09, 2023 in Seoul, South Korea. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Minister Park Jin held talks Thursday that were expected to focus on North Korea, alliance, regional and global issues amid concerns over expanding military cooperation between the North and Russia. (Photo by Jung Yeon-Je - Pool/Getty Images) US Secretary Of State Blinken Visits South Korea

North Korea’s foreign ministry has slammed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, over his comments on Pyongyang’s relations with Moscow, stressing that those remarks would ‘only escalate the dangerous political and military tension’ on the peninsula.

Africa Today News, New York reports that Blinken visited Seoul earlier this week after attending a G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in Japan. He met with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and other top officials.

During his visit to the South Korean capital, he said military ties between Pyongyang and Moscow were ‘growing and dangerous’, and urged Beijing, Pyongyang’s main ally, to restrain the nuclear-armed North.

Pyongyang on Saturday condemned Blinken and said his comments were ‘irresponsible and provocative’.

The remarks ‘only escalate the dangerous political and military tension in the Korean peninsula and the region’, Pyongyang’s foreign ministry said, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

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‘The U.S. should be accustomed to the new reality of the DPRK-Russia relations,’ it added, using the North’s official name.

Historic allies Russia and North Korea are both under international sanctions — the former for its invasion of Ukraine and the latter over its nuclear weapons and missile programmes.

Their growing military cooperation has been a source of concern for Ukraine and its allies, especially following North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in September.

Seoul has said that Pyongyang sent one million artillery rounds to bolster Moscow’s war in Ukraine in exchange for advice on satellite technology.

Pyongyang said Saturday that “no matter what others may say, the friendly and cooperative relations between the DPRK and Russia aspiring after independence, peace and friendship will steadily grow stronger”.

Following Blinken’s visit, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin is set to meet with his South Korean counterpart on Monday in Seoul, as the South and the US ramp up their own defence cooperation.

Africa Today News, New York

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