Seoul, Tokyo, US condemn North Korea’s supply of arms to Russia

SpaceWar.com reports: “South Korea, Japan and the United States ‘strongly condemn’ North Korea supplying arms to Moscow, the allies said in a joint statement Thursday, adding that ‘several’ such deliveries have been made by Pyongyang.

Russia and North Korea, historic allies, are both under a raft of global sanctions — Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine, and Pyongyang for its testing of nuclear weapons.

The countries’ leaders, Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin, in September held a high profile summit in Russia’s far east, fanning Western fears Pyongyang might provide Moscow with weapons for its war in Ukraine.

Washington and its key East Asian security allies, Seoul and Tokyo, said they ‘strongly condemn the provision of military equipment and munitions by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the Russian Federation for use against the government and people of Ukraine’.

‘Such weapons deliveries, several of which we now confirm have been completed, will significantly increase the human toll of Russia’s war of aggression.’

During his visit to Russia in September, Kim declared bilateral ties with Moscow were his country’s ‘number one priority’.

Washington and experts have said Pyongyang was seeking a range of military assistance in return, such as satellite technology and upgrading its Soviet-era military equipment…”

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