North Korean Ballistic Missiles, Washington has acknowledged that Russia employs North Korean ballistic missiles to aid in its conflict with Ukraine.
Confirmed: Russia Uses North Korean Ballistic Missiles to Attack Ukraine
Sanctions imposed on the transfer of North Korean ballistic missiles to Russia
According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the US State Department sanctioned three Russian businesses and an individual for transporting and testing North Korean ballistic missiles for Russia to use against Ukraine.
The measure came two days after the United States and its allies issued a united statement. They criticized armament transactions between North Korea and Russia, characterizing them as Russia acquiring NK ballistic missiles and using them against Ukraine on December 30, 2023, and January 2, 2024.
Russia and North Korea have grown closer since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia’s Far East region in September last year, and senior Russian officials paid many visits to Pyongyang.
North Korea has been sanctioned by the UN for testing nuclear weapons since 2006. The United Nations Security Council resolutions prohibit countries from transferring weapons or other military equipment with the East Asian country.
The White House determined that Russia deployed North Korean-made short-range ballistic missiles to commit several offenses against Ukraine. A senior Ukrainian official proved the claim genuine.
Last week, Russia bombarded Kharkiv with multiple missiles, killing two people and injuring 60. It is one of the largest missile drone strikes since Russia’s full-fledged invasion of Ukraine.
Blinken stated that they will not hesitate to take further measures about North Korea’s allocation of ballistic missiles to Russia. The transfer only indicates that NK supports Russia’s belligerence toward Ukraine, exacerbating the people’s agony. Furthermore, it undermines the global arms-reduction regime.
Evidence of North Korea’s Support for Russia’s War Against Ukraine
According to a Ukrainian official, the missiles that attacked eastern Ukraine were built in North Korea. This is confirmation that North Korea backs Putin’s aggression against Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s research institute collected and inspected missile debris from Russia’s assault on Kharkiv on January 2. Their findings indicated that it resembled North Korea’s KN-23 short-range ballistic missiles. This is the first time Kyiv has mentioned Russia’s employment of North Korean-made missiles since it attacked Ukraine.
“North Korea is the only nation in the world that is making missiles which have the same characteristics as those we have found from the wreckage, so we have concluded that they are KN-23s,” a Ukrainian government official said.
South Korea’s Defense Minister, Shin Won-sik, said that his counterpart may equip Russia with a new type of ballistic missile capable of carrying tactical warheads. He stated that the mobile launchers are mountable in close-range ballistic missiles and might be delivered to Russia.
Slovakia Needs Additional Evidence
Approximately 50 countries have condemned the confirmed shipment of ballistic missiles from North Korea to Russia for use against Ukraine. Slovakia is on the edge of joining, but it needs proper proof before signing.
Hungary and Slovakia were the only EU member nations that had yet to sign the joint declaration sponsored by the United Nations.
According to Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico, his government respects international accords that prohibit the use of such weapons.
He added that they will denounce any transgressions that are verified, just as they condemned Russia’s use of its weaponry in Ukraine.