North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un Holds Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin
After a 4-year and 5-month hiatus, North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin met face to face at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur Region, Russia. On September 13th, the two leaders shook hands, signifying a renewed engagement between the two nations.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on September 19th that Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jang Ho-jin, invited Russia’s Ambassador to Korea, Andrei Borsovich Kulik, to discuss the recent North Korea-Russia summit. During the meeting, Vice Minister Jang conveyed the Korean government’s position on the summit, focusing on the discussions regarding arms trade and military cooperation.
Expressing his concerns, Vice Minister Jang urged an immediate halt to military cooperation with North Korea and emphasized the importance of complying with the UN Security Council sanctions resolutions. He reminded Russia of its responsibility as a permanent member of the Security Council and as a key player in the international non-proliferation system.
Vice Minister Jang further warned that actions violating Security Council resolutions and posing a threat to South Korea’s security would have severe consequences and impact bilateral relations between Korea and Russia negatively.
Ambassador Kulik assured Vice Minister Jang that he would accurately relay the South Korean government’s position to his home government.
▲ On the 13th (local time), North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur Region, Russia. 4 years and 5 months have passed since the two leaders met face to face. 2023.9.13 Kremlin/Telegram The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on the 19th that First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Jang Ho-jin invited Russia’s Ambassador to Korea Andrei Borsovich Kulik to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the afternoon of the 19th and transported the Korean the government’s position on the North Korea-Russia summit.
Vice Minister Jang conveyed to Ambassador Kulik our government’s serious position on North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un’s recent visit to Russia and a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss arms trade and military cooperation. He also strongly urged an immediate halt to military cooperation with North Korea and compliance with UN Security Council sanctions resolutions against North Korea.
Vice Minister Jang also pointed out, “Russia must act responsibly as a permanent member of the Security Council that adopted the resolution on sanctions against North Korea and as a party that led to the creation of the international non-proliferation system.”
He continued, “Our government will cooperate with the international community to take strong action to ensure that clear consequences are imposed on any actions that violate Security Council resolutions and seriously threaten our security.” He added, “Such actions will have a very negative impact on Korea-Russia relations.” “It will go crazy,” he stressed.
In response to this, Ambassador Kulik said that he would listen carefully to our government’s position and report it correctly to his home government.
Reporter Heo Baek-yoon
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