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Foreign Minister Park Jin expressed concern over North Korea’s preparations for a nuclear test during talks with his Russian counterpart on the sidelines of a regional foreign ministers’ meeting.
At the East Asia Summit (EAS) foreign ministers’ meeting in Phnom Penh on Friday, Park reportedly told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Pyongyang’s preparations had heightened tensions on the peninsula. Korean.
Responding to Park seated next to him, Lavrov reportedly used the phrase “tack for tat,” apparently emphasizing that Seoul and Washington are partly to blame for the growing tensions.
The Russian minister reportedly said Moscow was closely monitoring developments in the North through various means, including satellites, and sent a message that could help diffuse the situation.
Park also expressed concerns about the negative impact the protracted war in Ukraine could have on Seoul-Moscow relations before asking Moscow to work carefully to avoid harm to South Korean businesses and residents in Russia.
When Park said the Russian invasion had caused global supply chain disruptions and currency instability, Lavrov allegedly complained about Seoul’s involvement in US-led sanctions.