| 20 May 2024, Monday |

South Korea’s Yoon says rules-based order crucial in South China Sea

On Thursday, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol expressed that any endeavors to alter the current situation through force in the South China Sea must not be accepted. He called for a maritime order based on established rules in the region, as reported by his office.
Yoon was speaking at the East Asia Summit with the ASEAN bloc, China, the United States and others in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“(Yoon) emphasized the need for the establishment of a rules-based maritime order in the South China Sea, the region’s key sea lane,” his office said.

Yoon also said North Korea’s nuclear program was a real threat that can target all countries participating at the summit, and stressed the “heavy responsibility” of permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

The remarks come amid reports North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to travel to Russia this month to meet President Vladimir Putin and discuss weapons supplies to Moscow.

The United States has said North Korea would pay a price for supplying Russia with weapons to use in Ukraine. South Korea has said the United Nations member states should not violate sanctions, including through arms deals.

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