DPRK assimilates NATO, US alliance with Japan, South Korea to cancer
The coalition led by the US is steadily growing in its potential danger and continually poses a security threat to independent sovereign nations, the DPRK's Vice Foreign Minister stated.
DPRK Vice Foreign Minister Im Chon Il asserted on Sunday that NATO's presence, along with the military coalition involving the US, Japan, and South Korea, represents a cancer to the international order founded on the principles outlined in the UN Charter. This, according to him, demonstrates hostility towards the DPRK and its neighboring nations.
"The US-Japan-'south Korea' triangular military alliance, which has clearly betrayed hostility toward the DPRK and its neighboring countries, and NATO, the mastermind of the Ukrainian crisis, are just the cancer-like entities jeopardizing the international order based on the purpose and the principle of the UN Charter and posing a grave threat to global peace and security," Im Chon Il said in a statement, published by the DPRK's state-run news agency KCNA.
He further observed that the coalition led by the US is steadily growing in its potential danger and continually poses a security threat to independent sovereign nations.
He further said that relations between the DPRK and Russia are "a powerful fortress and strategic stronghold for preserving peace and for deterring the imperialists' high-handed and arbitrary practices, military threats and interference."
On September 20, at the UN General Assembly, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol raised concerns over the DPRK's relations with Russia, saying that if Russia aided the DPRK's weapons programs in exchange for assistance in the Ukraine conflict, it would constitute a provocation.
These comments came after the opposition in South Korea blamed Yoon for making the Russian-DPRK summit happen earlier last month. They said that the Yoon administration's ideology and faction-oriented diplomacy has resulted in a military cooperation between the DPRK and Russia.
"[Yoon] openly provoked Russia at international diplomatic forums until it focused on ties with North Korea," Democratic Party spokesman Kwon Chil-seung was quoted as saying by the Chosun Ilbo daily.
In reaction to Yoon's statements at the UN General Assembly, the DPRK issued a statement saying "it is quite natural and normal for neighboring countries to keep close relations with each other, and there is no reason to call such practice to account."
The commentary also referred to the South Korean President as "an individual with a brain resembling trash" and was labeled as "diplomatically unwise."