In a statement made by the Seoul government, it was stated that strong sanctions would be imposed in the event of a possible arms deal between Russia and North Korea.
South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yung-ho stated that South Korea has no choice but to impose "strong" sanctions on North Korea and Russia over a possible arms deal between them.
Unification Minister Kim made evaluations to Yonhap regarding the possible arms exchange between North Korea and Russia. Stating that he believes that weapons are going from North Korea to Russia, Kim said that Seoul takes military cooperation between the two countries "very seriously".
"If Russia is providing military technology to North Korea, this indicates a serious threat to South Korea's security. Then we have no choice but to ask for strong sanctions against Russia and North Korea together with the United States and other countries," Kim noted.
Referring to the Inter-Korean Agreement signed with North Korea in 2018, which aims to reduce military tensions, Kim said the government may consider suspending the agreement if Pyongyang carries out "grave" provocations. Kim also emphasized that the "forced return" of North Korean defectors to China is a "clear violation" of the United Nations Convention Against Torture.
White House National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby stated on October 13 that North Korea has supplied weapons to Russia for use in Ukraine.
"The information we have indicates that North Korea has provided more than 1000 containers of military equipment and ammunition to Russia in recent weeks," Kirby said.
Kirby stated that they think that North Korea is demanding military assistance from Russia in return for this support, including fighter jets, missiles, armored vehicles ballistic missile production equipment, and other advanced technologies.
South Korean Unification Ministry Spokesperson Koo Byoungsam, following the news that about 600 North Koreans in China were repatriated to their countries.
"It is understood that it is true that a large number of North Koreans residing in 3 provinces in northeast China have been repatriated to their countries," Byoungsam emphasized.
United Nations (UN)Special Rapporteur on North Korean Human Rights Elizabeth Salmon announced that they estimate that more than 2 thousand North Koreans are detained in China. South Korea's Permanent Representative to the UN, Hwang Joon-kook, yesterday described China's repatriation of North Korean defectors as a "grave human rights incident".
"We strongly protest this grave human rights incident that should never happen again." and called on the international community to "protect the rights of these people seeking the life they deserve," Hwang noted.
Source: Anadolu Agency