US, South Korea, Japan raise ‘serious concern’ over Russia-N Korea cooperation

Kim and Putin (US serious concern over Russia North Korea relations

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, together with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts, has expressed “serious concern” over the discussion of military cooperation between Russia and North Korea, according to South Korea’s Foreign Ministry.

Blinken, South Korea’s Foreign Minister Park Jin and Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa agreed to respond firmly to any acts that threaten regional security in violation of UN Security Council resolution in a brief meeting on Friday, the ministry said in a statement.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un made a weeklong visit to Russia last week and discussed military cooperation with President Vladimir Putin.

US and South Korean officials have expressed concern that the summit was aimed at allowing Russia to acquire ammunition from the North to supplement its dwindling stocks for its war in Ukraine.

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