South Korea says North Korea-Russia strategic partnership pact is regretful

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South Korea’s foreign ministry said on Thursday the comprehensive strategic partnership agreement signed by the leaders of North Korea and Russia was regretful because it mentioned military technology cooperation that violated UN sanctions.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Wednesday a mutual defense agreement with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, who offered his “full support” on Ukraine.

The pledge of military cooperation was part of a strategic treaty signed during a summit in Pyongyang, where Putin was making his first visit in 24 years.

The two countries have been allies since North Korea's founding after World War II, and have drawn even closer after Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022 isolated Putin on the global stage.

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