Statement by the alliance’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, came as Vladimir Putin begins his trip to the Asian country

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) is concerned about the possibility that Russia is supporting North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, according to the head of the military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, in statements this Tuesday (18.Jun. 2024). The information is from the agency Reuters.

“Of course, we are also concerned about the potential support that Russia provides to North Korea when it comes to supporting its nuclear and missile programs.”these Stoltenberg.

The statement came as Russian President Vladimir Putin began his trip to North Korea, his first in two decades. The Russian leader promised to strengthen trade and security ties with the country, including offering support against the United States, an ally of South Korea, the North Korean adversary.

The United States has already accused North Korea of ​​providing “dozens of ballistic missiles and more than 11,000 containers of ammunition for Russia” intended for use in Ukraine. Stoltenberg stressed that the war in Eastern Europe has the support not only of North Korea, but also of China and Iran, which, according to him, aim to weaken the Western alliance.

The organization’s secretary general announced that the next NATO summit in Washington will seek to strengthen the alliance’s partnerships with Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan.

The issue of Chinese economic support for Russia’s war was also addressed, with Stoltenberg suggesting the need to “consequences” to China. The White House expressed concern about growing cooperation between Russia and North Korea, warning of security risks on the Korean Peninsula.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken interpreted Putin’s trip to Pyongyang as a sign of “despair” by the Russian leader.


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