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NATO will discuss military cooperation between Russia and North Korea

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul9,2024

NATO will discuss military cooperation between Russia and North Korea

Photo: Kim Jong-un and Putin/KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

A NATO summit scheduled for this week will include allies discussing strengthening security ties with South Korea and Japan amid deepening military cooperation between Russia and North Korea, experts say.

Leaders of 32 NATO member countries will gather in Washington from July 9 to 11 to discuss ways to provide continued military support to Ukraine, Voice of America reports.

Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea are invited to the NATO summit. The US, Japan and South Korea plan to meet on the sidelines of the summit.

Among the issues that analysts expect NATO to discuss with Japan and South Korea are – growing military cooperation between Russia and North Korea.

After Russian leader Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a mutual defense pact in Pyongyang last month, some speculated that North Korea could send army engineers to Russian-occupied Donetsk to help rebuild the war-torn region.

Pentagon spokesman Maj. Gen. Patrick Ryder said at a June 25 press conference that the U.S. was monitoring the possible deployment of troops, but cautioned North Korea against sending troops, saying they would be “cannon fodder in an illegal war against Ukraine.” ;.

Washington and Seoul estimate that Pyongyang has sent about 10,000 containers of ammunition to Russia. Moscow and Pyongyang deny mutual arms sales.

"NATO members will discuss the implications of Russia and North Korea's rapprochement and how best to respond, including in terms of risks and opportunities," says Matthew Brummer, a professor at the National Institute of Policy Studies in Tokyo. – The resurgent axis between China, Russia and North Korea has certainly accelerated the process of establishing a security link between Europe and Asia. As a result, I expect increased NATO involvement in East Asia, especially with Japan, which is the greatest latent military power in the world.”

Director of the Royal Elcano Institute in Brussels (Belgium)  Louis Simon said he does not rule out NATO countries holding joint military exercises with their East Asian partners. At the same time, he said, "it will be more with NATO allies rather than with NATO as a whole, because NATO as a whole is very clear that it is focused on (providing) assistance to Ukraine.".

The Japanese Air Force announced on June 25 that it will conduct a series of joint exercises with NATO members Germany, Spain and France in July.

Vice President, Center for Asia-Pacific Strategy&nbsp ;David Maxwell also said that bilateral agreements between South Korea and individual NATO countries may be possible since “a number of NATO countries are members of the United Nations Command.”

Prepared by: Sergei Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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