Pyongyang accused Washington of seeking ‘military supremacy’ at the expense of Moscow’s ‘legitimate’ security demands
North Korea’s foreign ministry has defended Russia and pointed the finger at US behavior as a “root cause” of the conflict in Ukraine, in its first official response to Moscow’s ongoing military offensive.
“The root cause of the Ukrainian crisis also lies in the authoritarianism and arbitrariness of the United States”, a comment posted Saturday on the website of North Korea’s foreign ministry says.
The statement argues that Washington has sued “military supremacy in defiance of Russia’s legitimate demand for its security.”
He accuses the United States of unjustified interference in the internal affairs of other nations without regard to “peace and stability” and ignoring the self-defense measures taken by other nations, including Russia. “It’s arrogance and double standards” read the statement.
Russia launched its offensive in Ukraine on February 24, saying it was the only option left to avoid being threatened by NATO from Ukrainian territory.
President Vladimir Putin said the goal was demilitarization and “denazification” of Ukraine, but Kiev maintains that the attack was unjustified and unprovoked.
Moscow’s push into Ukraine caused an immediate outcry in the West and triggered a series of new sanctions designed to cripple the Russian economy and directly target Putin and other senior Russian officials.
China, North Korea’s closest ally, has also pointed the finger at Washington and its allies in recent days, accusing them of “to buzz” the situation and “pour oil on the flames” in Ukraine.
Beijing condemned sanctions against Russia as an ineffective solution and called on the West to respond to “legitimate” security concerns in the region. China has also lifted import restrictions on Russian wheat deliveries, which could be a lifeline for the Russian economy in the face of Western sanctions.
North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile
On Sunday morning, South Korea said the North had fired a projectile eastward that could be a ballistic missile. It would be Pyongyang’s eighth missile test this year and the first since it halted launches during the Beijing Winter Olympics. It came shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to strengthen “Friendship and Cooperation” under the “new status” – although it was unclear whether Xi was referring to the conflict in Ukraine.
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