President of South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol speaks during the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York, US, 20 September 2023. EFE-EPA/ADAM GRAY

North Korea slams Yoon’s warning at the UN against cooperation with Russia

Seoul, Sep 25 (EFE).- North Korea slammed “puppet traitor” South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on Monday, saying he “malignantly slandered the relations” between Pyongyang and Moscow in his speech to the UN General Assembly, where he said that an arms deal between both countries would be a “serious provocation.”

“It was just the height of irony that the puppet with no elementary political knowledge and common sense of international relations behaved rudely, voluntarily acting as a servile trumpeter and loudspeaker for the US,” state news agency KCNA said in an article.

“Yoon condemned the traditional DPRK-Russia relations of friendship and cooperation as a ‘direct provocation to security and peace’ in the region of south Korean puppets and as a ‘grave challenge to the regional and global peace,’ talking that ‘Seoul and its allies would not stand idly by,’” it added.

Describing Yoon as a “political layman,” KCNA accused him of worsening the regional climate with an increase in military deployment together with the United States, “causing international troubles and diplomatic disasters at home and abroad” and only recognizing “relations between the states as the dichotomy into friend and foe.”

“The foreign policy of the DPRK aspiring to the establishment of a fair and just new world order for the cause of human independence will not be tied to anything, and its friendly and cooperative relations with the close neighbors will continue to grow stronger,” the article concluded.

Yoon’s speech at the UN came after the recent summit in Russia between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said after the meeting that there was space for military and space cooperation between the two countries.

In the days leading up to Kim’s week-long visit to Russia, media outlets such as The New York Times reported, citing US intelligence sources, that Kim would be willing to support Moscow’s war in Ukraine with “millions” of anti-tank missiles and artillery, while Pyongyang would receive technology for satellites and nuclear-powered submarines in addition to food aid.

South Korea, Japan and the United States have warned that such an agreement would violate the UN Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang and will have consequences for both countries. EFE