‘There won’t be limitations to the extent of support to defend a country illegally invaded’ – Korean President

19 April, 01:02 PM
Yoon Suk Yeol (Photo:REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)

Yoon Suk Yeol (Photo:REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)

South Korea has not ruled out extending its support for Ukraine beyond humanitarian and economic aid should Ukraine suffer more large-scale civilian attacks, President Yoon Suk Yeol said in an interview with Reuters on April 18.

This signals for the first time a shift in his stance toward arming Ukraine.

Ahead of his state visit to the United States next week, Yoon said his government has been exploring how to best help defend and rebuild Ukraine, just as South Korea received international assistance during the 1950-53 Korean War.

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“If there is a situation the international community cannot condone, such as any large-scale attack on civilians, massacre or serious violation of the laws of war, it might be difficult for us to insist only on humanitarian or financial support,” Yoon said.

“There won’t be limitations to the extent of the support to defend and restore a country that’s been illegally invaded both under international and domestic law.”

“However, considering our relationship with the parties engaged in the war and developments in the battlefield, we will take the most appropriate measures,” Yoon said.

Earlier in December, South Korea sent 100 pickup trucks and five mini excavators to Ukraine.

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