South Korea summons Russian envoy to protest new treaty with North Korea

Seoul: South Korea summoned the top Russian envoy in Seoul on Friday to lodge a protest over a new treaty signed with North Korea that calls for immediate military assistance if either is attacked.


First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Hong-kyun called in Russian Ambassador Georgy Zinoviev to deliver Seoul’s position on the “comprehensive strategic partnership” treaty inked between Moscow and Pyongyang at their leaders’ summit on Wednesday, Yonhap news agency reported.

The treaty provides for military and other assistance from one side to the other “with all means” at its disposal and “without delay” if either of the two gets invaded or put in a state of war.

Article 4 of the treaty is seen as warranting automatic military intervention in the event of an attack on either country, a provision that restores the Cold War-era alliance 28 years after their mutual defence treaty was scrapped in 1996.

Kim was expected to stress that Russia’s military cooperation with the North is a clear violation of the UN Security Council resolutions banning activities that would help Pyongyang’s arms buildup.

He was also expected to make it clear to Russia about the possibility of Seoul providing Ukraine with arms support in response to Moscow’s signing of the treaty with the North, as announced the previous day by the National Security Council.

South Korea’s presidential office condemned the pact as a threat to national security in violation of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. It warned of a negative impact on its relations with Moscow.

After holding a National Security Council meeting on Thursday, Chang Ho-jin, South Korea’s top security adviser, said that Seoul will reconsider its stance on the arms supply to Ukraine. South Korea has so far maintained a policy of only providing nonlethal aid to Kyiv.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was on a state visit to Vietnam, warned that it would be a “very big mistake” if South Korea provided lethal weapons to Ukraine.

Attending a UN session in New York on Thursday (local time), Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul said it was “deplorable” that Russia violated the resolutions that it itself has agreed to adopt as a permanent UNSC member.

Cho called on the international community to stand united against “any direct or indirect” cooperation that would help the North’s military buildup that constitutes a violation of UNSC resolutions.



Man shot dead in Manipur by militants for being a ‘spy’

Imphal: Suspected militants gunned down a man, after blindfolding him and tying his hands behind his back, in Manipur's Imphal East district, police said on Sunday. A police official said...

Jayant Chaudhary criticises Yogi govt’s nameplate order for Kanwar Yarta

New Delhi: Union Minister of State (MoS) Jayant Chaudhary on Sunday criticised the Yogi government over its nameplate order directing all eateries and dhabas along the Kanwar Yatra route to...

Current Union govt won’t last long: Akhilesh Yadav

Kolkata: The current NDA government at the Centre will not last long and it will get toppled very soon, claimed Samajwadi Party President and Lok Sabha MP Akhilesh Yadav on...

Display names & mobile numbers outside business establishments: MP govt

Bhopal:The Madhya Pradesh government has asked the people associated with hotels and eateries or have shops to display their names and mobile numbers prominently outside their business establishments. The state...

Pakistan lodges protest with Germany over attack on its consulate in Frankfurt

Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday registered its strong protest with Germany, condemning the "failure" of the German authorities to protect the "sanctity and security" of the premises of its consulate in...

Vector control, hygiene & awareness key to control Chandipura virus: Experts

New Delhi: Experts have said that vector control, hygiene and awareness are the key measures against the Chandipura virus and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) cases in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya...

14 Indian nationals rescued from scam centres in Cambodia

Phnom Penh: As many as 14 Indian nationals have been rescued from fraudulent job offers in Cambodia that lured them into cybercrime operations, the Embassy of India in Phnom Penh...

Union Minister Jitin Prasada’s car meets with accident in Pilibhit

New Delhi: Union Minister of State (MoS) for Commerce and Industry, Jitin Prasada, had a close shave on Saturday after his car met with an accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit...

Studies show climate change caused Earth’s axis to meander 10 metres in last 120 years

New Delhi: Two NASA-funded studies have shown that melting ice, dwindling groundwater, and rising seas, a result of climate change, has also led to the Earth's axis to meander 10...

Over 8,58,000 Afghan refugees return home from Pakistan, Iran

Kabul: A total of 858,170 Afghan refugees returned home from neighbouring Pakistan and Iran from April to June, according to the Afghanistan office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)....

Army tanks to be manufactured in MP soon, CM Yadav says at industry conclave

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh will soon manufacture defence equipment, including army tanks, Chief Minister Mohan Yadav said while addressing the Regional Industry Conclave in Jabalpur on Saturday. CM Yadav said automotive...

MUDA land scam: Complaint lodged with Karnataka Lokayukta against CM Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru: A complaint was lodged on Saturday with the Karnataka Lokayukta against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in connection with his alleged involvement in the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) land scam....

Read Previous

SC refuses to entertain plea challenging CBFC certification to ‘Hamare Baarah’

Read Next

Tourist lynched and burnt by Islamist mob in Pakistan’s Swat

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By :