The United States plans to raise at a meeting of the UN Security Council on January 10 the issue of the possible supply of ballistic missiles from the DPRK to Russia for use in Ukraine, said John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council (NSC) of the White House. According to him, Moscow began to increase military-technical cooperation with Pyongyang due to Western sanctions.
According to Washington, North Korea sent ballistic missiles and launchers to Russia. These weapons, according to US authorities, were used by the Russian military in Ukraine. The US is “assessing the impact of these strikes,” Kirby added. He also recalled that the foreign ministers of 47 countries and the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, published a joint statement on Tuesday, January 9, condemning the supply of missiles and their use.
The transfer of ballistic missiles to Russia from the DPRK directly violates numerous UN Security Council resolutions. Tomorrow, together with our allies and partners, we will raise the issue of these military supplies to the UN Security Council and demand that Russia be held accountable for yet another violation of its international obligations ,” the White House spokesman said.
He also stressed that the United States and its allies will continue to take sanctions measures against those who “facilitate such arms supplies.”
On January 5, Kirby said that Russia used missiles obtained from the DPRK to launch attacks on Ukrainian territory. According to him, North Korean weapons were used in the attacks on December 30 and January 2. However, he did not provide any concrete evidence to support this claim.
Earlier, Kirby suggested that the DPRK sent more than a thousand containers with “military equipment and ammunition” to Russia via the sea route. According to the American politician, “in return” Pyongyang wants to receive fighter jets, surface-to-air missiles, armored vehicles, equipment for launching ballistic missiles, and advanced technologies from Moscow.