US, ALLIES EXPRESS CONDEMNATION FOR TRANSFER OF WEAPONS BETWEEN NORTH KOREA AND RUSSIA

Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States, along with dozens of other countries including Argentina, Australia, Guatemala, Japan, and South Korea, have collectively condemned the reported transfer of ballistic missiles between North Korea and Russia. The nations, represented by European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and foreign ministers from 47 countries, expressed their strong disapproval in a joint statement. They alleged that these weapons were used against Ukraine on December 30 and January 2, asserting that such transfers violate United Nations sanctions.

The statement emphasized the detrimental impact of the arms transfers on the Ukrainian people, characterizing it as support for Russia’s aggression and a threat to the global non-proliferation regime. The nations raised concerns about the security implications in Europe, the Korean Peninsula, the Indo-Pacific region, and globally. The joint condemnation highlighted the potential sharing of technical and military insights with North Korea through this cooperation.

US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby disclosed in a briefing that Russia had deployed additional North Korean weapons in Ukraine, including one that struck Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city. The United States and its allies intend to bring the matter before the UN Security Council.

The joint statement underscored that the weapons procurement and supply between Pyongyang and Moscow violated multiple UN Security Council resolutions established since 2006 in response to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. In response to inquiries about the alleged weapons transfers, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov refrained from commenting.

Quest: Emmanuel kelvin

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