US president wrongly claims North Korea supported Washington in imposing sanctions on Russia
On Friday, US President Joe Biden added to his list of blunders by apparently confusing the two Korean states.
Speaking at the Naval Academy graduation ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland, Biden spoke about the importance of American cooperation with its allies for the sake of global security. As an example of such cooperation, he mentioned the sanctions imposed by Western countries on Moscow for its military operation in Ukraine.
“Did anyone think that when I called for sanctions against Russia, in addition to NATO, that Australia, Japan, North Korea, some ASEAN countries [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] countries would stand up and support these sanctions? » asked the American leader.
US President Biden during a speech to Naval Academy graduates says North Korea has joined US sanctions against Russia, apparently confusing the country with South Korea pic.twitter.com/LaUxPIpMKa
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However, North Korea, itself heavily sanctioned by Washington, was in fact one of the five countries to vote in early March against a UN resolution condemning the Russian military offensive in Ukraine.
Pyongyang even accused the “hegemonic politicsof the United States to fuel the conflict.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Russia and China used their vetoes to block a U.S.-drafted UN Security Council resolution aimed at tightening international sanctions against North Korea. The countries had not vetoed any of the previous sets of sanctions against North Korea implemented since 2006.
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