Nuclear-armed North Korea this year declared Seoul its “main enemy,” shut down agencies involved in reunification and aid, and threatened war over “even 0.001 millimeter” of territorial infringement.
The rapprochement between Moscow and Pyongyang has caused concern in other countries. North Korea is believed to be supplying Russia with ammunition and missiles for its war in Ukraine, but Russia may be helping North Korea develop its weapons programs.
Earlier this week, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula were “primarily caused by the brazen policies of the United States and its allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan.”
She also said that Seoul “doesn’t seem to realize that US leadership is irrevocably becoming a thing of the past” and that South Korea “may turn out to be just a small bargaining chip in Washington’s geopolitical games.”
South Korea’s foreign ministry slammed her comments on Saturday, calling them “rude, incompetent and biased, below the level of a representative of the country’s foreign ministry.”
“These statements ignore the obvious and objective reality of North Korea’s threatening rhetoric and continuous provocations, which increase tensions on the Korean Peninsula and the region,” the ministry said in a statement.