(VitalNews.org) – The United States has recently imposed sanctions on Russian entities after observing an illegal arms trade between North Korea and Russia.
The United States claims that Russia used a North Korean missile to strike Ukraine on December 30 and January 2. This comes amid news that North Korea had opened its borders to Russian tourists, and that meetings occurred between Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin.
The United States called out the two countries last week regarding their trade and stated that the missile’s origin didn’t come from Russia, but rather North Korea. Now the United States has continued its fight by implementing sanctions.
U.S. Secretary of State Attorney Antony Blinken said, “The DPRK’s transfer of ballistic missiles to Russia supports Russia’s war of aggression, increases the suffering of the Ukrainian people, and undermines the global nonproliferation regime.”
The White House stated that Russia had used short-range ballistic missiles given to them by North Korea to attack Ukraine. They also said that “newly classified intelligence was corroborated by a Senior Ukrainian official.” This implies that evidence was found that gave the United States the knowledge that missiles were coming from North Korea or being crafted by the North Korean military, and therefore North Korea was breaking the ban on its arms trade.
North Korea has been under a United Nations arms embargo since 2006 due to its testing of a nuclear bomb. The UN Security Council’s resolutions banned countries from trading military weapons or other equipment with North Korea, and Russia’s trade would go against this.
It’s been quite clear that the two countries have become closer but Moscow and Pyongyang both denied any arms deals. However, the United States and U.S. Secretary Antony Blinken said that they will “not hesitate to take further actions.”
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