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South Korea says to reconsider supply of weaponry to Ukraine

The presidential office building in Seoul, South Korea.

South Korea says it will review the possibility of supplying weapons to Ukraine, after North Korea and Russia signed a mutual defense pact during President Vladimir Putin's visit to Pyongyang. 

Putin and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un signed the "comprehensive strategic partnership pact" and agreed to provide military assistance if they are ever attacked.

In an official statement released on Thursday, Seoul condemned the agreement, saying it violates United Nations sanctions.

The presidential office said South Korea will reconsider the issue of arms supply to Ukraine, but will maintain strategic ambiguity regarding the types of weapons.

"Specific measures will be revealed later, and it will be interesting to see how Russia responds, rather than revealing our plans in advance," National security adviser Chang Ho-jin told reporters.

Chang said the pact would aid North Korea to enhance its military capabilities. "We plan to reconsider the issue of arms support to Ukraine."

South Korea is an ally of the US-led collective Western countries alliance that has been fighting a proxy war against Russia since Moscow launched its "special military operation" against Ukraine in early 2022.

Kim, an ally of the Russian leader, praised Putin for his “correct decision and guidance... to foil the hostile forces’ escalating threats.”

The North Korean leader promised his Russian counterpart "full support", describing the war in Ukraine as a US “proxy war” aimed at destroying Russia.

North Korea "expresses full support and solidarity with the Russian government, army and people in carrying out a special military operation in Ukraine to protect their sovereignty, security interests, as well as territorial integrity," Kim said.

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