Seoul, South Korea-South Korea's Foreign Minister, Park Jin, issued a warning on Friday stating that South Korea would not hesitate to take retaliatory actions if Russia were to transfer missile or weapons technology to North Korea.
According to a new release by Yonhap News Agency, the warning comes amidst heightened concerns over the suspected expanding military cooperation between North Korea and Russia. While Park did not elaborate on what form the retaliation would take, he confirmed that the message was conveyed to Russia.
The statement from the Foreign Minister followed revelations by the United States that over 1,000 containers of military equipment and munitions had been sent from Pyongyang to Moscow. This disclosure came after the rare summit in September between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Park's comments were made one day after South Korea, the United States, and Japan issued a joint statement condemning arms transactions that violate U.N. Security Council resolutions. Britain's defense ministry further noted that it is "almost certain" that the North Korean munitions have arrived in western Russia for use in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
On another note, Foreign Minister Park also spoke about China's recent forced repatriation of North Korean defectors. He stated that he had conveyed Seoul's objection to this action to his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, emphasizing that the issue of North Korean defectors is a matter of international human rights.