The US And Its Allies Denounce Weapon Exchanges Between North Korea And Russia

Since the onset of the Ukraine conflict, Moscow and Pyongyang have moved closer together, despite both parties denying engaging in any arms transactions.

In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, the United States and its allies expressed strong disapproval of arms transfers between Russia and North Korea. The statement specifically highlighted Russia’s acquisition of North Korean ballistic missiles and their deployment against Ukraine on December 30 and January 2.

Despite both Moscow and Pyongyang denying any arms deals, their proximity has increased since the onset of the Ukraine conflict. Notably, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held talks with President Vladimir Putin in Russia’s Far East region last September, and there have been several visits by senior Russian officials to Pyongyang.

Recently, the White House revealed that Russia had utilized short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) obtained from North Korea to carry out multiple attacks on Ukraine, as per newly declassified intelligence. Subsequently, a senior Ukrainian official corroborated this assertion.

Important Quotes!

Expressing profound concern over the security implications, the joint statement, endorsed by the US, UK, EU, Australia, Germany, Canada, and other partner nations, emphasized the far-reaching consequences of the collaboration in Europe, the Korean Peninsula, the Indo-Pacific region, and globally.

In unequivocal terms, the statement condemned the export of ballistic missiles by North Korea and their acquisition by Russia. It also strongly denounced Russia’s deployment of these missiles in attacks against Ukraine on December 30, 2023, and January 2, 2024.

When questioned about the accusations in a conversation with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded on Tuesday with a succinct “No comment.”

North Korea Chief Consider South Korea as Most Hostile State

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared that it is now appropriate to characterize South Korea as the “most hostile” state towards his country. This statement was reported by state media KCNA on Wednesday, as Kim visited munitions factories.

Context

Last week, Russia launched a series of missile strikes on Kharkiv, resulting in two fatalities and over 60 injuries. This marked one of the most substantial missile and drone attacks since the initiation of the extensive conflict in February 2022.

It’s worth noting that North Korea has been subject to a United Nations arms embargo since its initial nuclear bomb test in 2006.

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