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North Korea joins Russia in annexation of Ukraine


North Korea on Tuesday supported Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempts to illegally seize Ukrainian land by annexing four regions.

In a statement issued by the North Korean Foreign Ministry, the department’s Director General for International Organizations, Jo Chol Su, said that the referendums held last week in Ukraine meant the “will” of the people and they “agreed with the UN Charter”.

The official’s comments echoed claims made by Putin after polls reportedly showed Ukrainians in the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions “overwhelmingly” support separation from Ukraine.

Kyiv and Western officials have repeatedly accused Russia of falsifying the results, which reportedly showed that 87 to 99 percent of the region’s population supported annexation following Russia’s deadly invasion.

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Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the relationship between Putin and Kim Jong Un has become closer.
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Officials from Russia and North Korea, coming together amid tough international sanctions, accused the United States of using Ukraine in a bid to maintain a “unipolar world.”

“The United States interferes in the internal affairs of independent countries and infringes their legal rights by abusing the [United Nations Security Council] UNSC,” the director general said in a statement. “This is the same old US trick, and the world has seen many similar illegal acts.”

Putin has rallied his allies, including China, Iran and North Korea, behind the claim that the US seeks global dominance over furious that superior US and European weaponry has allowed Kyiv to fend off effective way.

Ukrainian soldiers sit in infantry fighting vehicles as they drive near Izyum in eastern Ukraine on September 16, 2022, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Ukrainian soldiers sit in infantry fighting vehicles as they drive near Izyum in eastern Ukraine on September 16, 2022, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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“The days will never return when the US can use the United Nations Security Council as its shield and means of aggression to maintain its supremacy,” he added, accusing the United Nations Security Council of employing a “double standard similar to that of a gangster”.

The North Korean ministry’s comments coincided with Pyongyang’s decision to fire an unannounced ballistic missile at Japan, which has joined the United States and its NATO allies in condemning Moscow’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.

The missile, the longest test fired by North Korea with a range of more than 2,800 miles, was immediately condemned by the White House, which accused Pyongyang of blatantly violating international security norms mandated by the UNSC.

This photo provided by the North Korean government shows what a test launch of a hypersonic missile says on January 11, 2022 in North Korea.  Independent journalists were not allowed access to cover the event depicted in this image released by the North Korean government.  The content of this image is as supplied and cannot be independently verified.  The Korean language watermark on the image provided by the source reads: "KCNA" which is short for the Korean Central News Agency.

This photo provided by the North Korean government shows what a test launch of a hypersonic missile says on January 11, 2022 in North Korea. Independent journalists were not allowed access to cover the event depicted in this image released by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as supplied and cannot be independently verified. The Korean-language watermark on the image provided by the source reads: “KCNA,” which is short for the Korean Central News Agency.
((Korea Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP))

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“The United States will continue its efforts to limit [North Korea’s] ability to advance its prohibited ballistic missile and weapons of mass destruction programs, including with UN allies and partners,” the administration said in a statement.



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