Blinken’s deepening of Russia-North Korea ties in Seoul gives America sleepless nights

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives at Osan Air Base in Pyongtaek on November 8, 2023.  -AFP
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives at Osan Air Base in Pyongtaek on November 8, 2023. -AFP

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Seoul, a visit that holds strategic importance amid growing military cooperation between North Korea and Russia.

Following the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in Tokyo and a stormy Middle East tour, Blinken’s talks with South Korean counterpart Park Jin are set to address serious security concerns, particularly escalating Moscow-Pyongyang military ties. This is Blinken’s first visit to South Korea since President Yoon Suk Yeol took office last year.

The main focus is on the implications of increased military cooperation between Moscow and Pyongyang, which is of deep concern to US officials. Following the September summit between Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin, arms transfers have increased, including North Korea supplying 1 million artillery rounds to support Moscow’s involvement in Ukraine and providing them with satellite technology information. Also includes exchange reports for.

“We are very concerned about what Russia is providing Pyongyang in exchange for the weapons and munitions it is receiving,” Blinken commented in Tokyo.

Facing global sanctions for different reasons, both Russia and North Korea are looking for ways to overcome the sanctions. The historical allies are looking for ways to strengthen their ties despite international scrutiny — Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine, and Pyongyang for nuclear weapons testing.

Additionally, North Korea is keen to launch a military spy satellite into orbit, with preparations for another attempt in the final stages. Moscow’s assistance is expected to increase the chances of success based on their shared interests.

The discussions highlighted the complex geopolitical landscape and the imperative of strategic diplomacy to deal with emerging security challenges in the region. The conversation is expected to discuss the broader impact of these developments on regional stability and the collaborative efforts needed to address the complex interplay of geopolitical dynamics.

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