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Treaty with Pyongyang is a warning, Russia highlights

Moscow, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) The comprehensive strategic partnership treaty between Moscow and Pyongyang does not target third parties, but it could dissuade supporters from resolving regional problems by force, stated Russian Vice Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko.

According to Rudenko, the treaty warns countries that plan or rely on a military solution to the problems on the Korean Peninsula and in the region as a whole, and its objective is not to undermine the already complicated situation in Northeast Asia.

The greatest source of tension in this part of the world, he added, is the policy of the United States, which “continues to increase its military presence in the region, taking advantage, among other things, of the tension on the Korean peninsula.”

“Washington’s main objective is not so much the DPRK, but the containment of China and Russia. And within the framework of this double containment, the United States takes advantage of the tensions that they have generated to place bases and missile systems in the territory of its allies,” the diplomat said in statements to the Sputnik news agency.

The DPRK and Russia signed a comprehensive strategic partnership treaty on June 19th during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent official visit to Pyongyang.

The document will enter into force after the exchange of instruments of ratification and replaces a bilateral agreement of friendship, good neighborhood, and cooperation of the year 2000.

One of its clauses states that “if one of the two parties is subjected to a situation of war due to an armed invasion of an individual country or several nations, the other party will without delay provide it with military and other assistance, in line with Article 51 of the UN Charter.