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South Korea expresses ‘deep concern and regret’ following Putin, Kim Jong Un meeting in Russia

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry expressed “deep concern and regret” Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un defied the United Nations’ Security Council resolutions during their meeting on Wednesday.

“We express our deep concern and regret that despite repeated warnings from the international community, North Korea and Russia discussed military cooperation issues, including satellite development, during their summit,” said spokesperson Lim Soo-suk, via The Associated Press.

He added that “any science and technology cooperation that contributes to nuclear weapons and missile development, including satellite systems that involve ballistic missile technologies” go directly against the UN’s resolutions.

Lim pointed out that Kim’s delegation in Russia included several people sanctioned by the Security Council over involvement in North Korean weapons development activities, and said there will be “very negative impacts” on Moscow’s relations with Seoul if it continues talks with Pyongyang.

Putin told reporters that the two countries have “lots of interesting projects” surrounding transportation and agriculture, and that Moscow is providing humanitarian aid to North Korea, according to The AP.

The Russian president avoided talks of military cooperation, only saying that the country is abiding by sanctions not allowing weapons to be obtained from Pyongyang.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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