U.S. State Department Urges Putin to Respect UNSC Resolutions on North Korea

Tue Jun 11 2024
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WASHINGTON, USA: The U.S. State Department emphasized on Monday the importance of adherence to United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on North Korea, urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to honor these international obligations amid reports of a potential visit to Pyongyang later this month.

Highlighting the significance of upholding UNSC resolutions related to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), a State Department official reiterated the obligation for all nations, including Russia, to comply with these resolutions.

The official emphasized the need for continued international efforts to address the DPRK’s illegal weapons programs, including its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile initiatives.

Reports suggesting Putin’s upcoming visit to North Korea have drawn attention from the international community, particularly in light of escalating military cooperation between Russia and North Korea.

If the visit materializes, it would mark Putin’s first trip to Pyongyang in 24 years, potentially signaling a significant development in bilateral relations.

Concerns have been raised about the deepening military ties between Pyongyang and Moscow, with accusations of North Korea exporting munitions to Russia and seeking assistance in acquiring advanced missile technology. Richard Johnson, a senior U.S. defence official, expressed apprehension regarding Russia’s potential role in providing military support to North Korea, including surface-to-air missiles and other advanced technologies.

Amid these developments, the United States reiterated its commitment to achieving the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The heightened military cooperation between North Korea and Russia underscores the complex security challenges in the region, necessitating close monitoring and concerted diplomatic efforts to address proliferation risks and uphold international peace and security.

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