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    NATO Chief Urges Seoul to Send Military Support to Ukraine

    NATO Chief Urges Seoul to Send Military Support to Ukraine

    , South Korea — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday called for South Korea to provide direct support to Ukraine, saying is in urgent need of weapons to fight off the prolonged Russian invasion.

    South Korea, a growing arms exporter with a well-equipped, U.S.-backed military, has provided humanitarian aid and other support to Ukraine while joining U.S.-led economic sanctions against Moscow. But it has not directly provided arms to Ukraine, citing a long-standing policy of not supplying weapons to countries actively engaged in conflict.

    Speaking at a forum in Seoul, Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister, urged South Korea to “step up on the specific issue of military support.” He noted that several NATO members and allies, including Germany, and Sweden, have changed their policies of not exporting weapons to countries in conflict to support Ukraine.

    “If we believe in freedom, if we believe in democracy, if we don't want autocracy and tyranny to win, then they need weapons. That's the reality,” said Stoltenberg, who arrived in South Korea on Sunday on a trip that also includes Japan.

    Stoltenberg also met with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday. They discussed South Korea's commitment to support Ukraine and NATO's possible role in dissuading North Korea from its growing nuclear ambitions following an unprecedented number of ballistic missile tests in…

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