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North Korea, Russia sanctions; won’t hesitate to do in future: US

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The United States said on Monday that it would not hesitate to impose sanctions on North Korea and Russia if necessary as they have done so many times in the past. The comments by US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller came in response to a question about the Russian Defense Minister’s recent visit to Pyongyang. “I’m not going to go into more detail, but just say that we have imposed several sanctions on North Korea in the past for various activities. We have also imposed sanctions on several entities and individuals around the world for assisting Russia Matthew Miller said during a routine State Department briefing on Monday (local time), “In its war effort. We will not hesitate to do so in the future.”

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited North Korea last week for celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War, known there as Victory Day. Matthew Miller also emphasized that closer ties between Pyongyang and Moscow have been “not productive” for the security of the world. He said, “Obviously, those two countries have had a close relationship for some time. when it hasn’t been useful to enhance the security of the world, I wouldn’t expect that to change as a result of this meeting.” “,

State Department spokesman Miller said on the Russian Defense Minister’s visit to Pyongyang, “I would certainly say that it does not appear that Defense Minister Shoigu was in Russia for the holidays.” Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday last week on a three-day visit to attend commemorative events marking one of the North’s key anniversaries, July 27, which is celebrated as the North’s Victory Day, Yonhap reported. Refers.

Despite maintaining strict border restrictions since 2020 to contain the pandemic, the reclusive kingdom has invited delegations from China and Russia, which share strong ties with the North, which have been barring official foreign guests since the COVID-19 breakout. In a rare invitation from North Korea is strengthening its ties with Russia despite international condemnation of Moscow’s war with Ukraine, amid allegations that Pyongyang has provided weapons to Moscow for use in the war, reports Yonhap. During Shoigu’s visit, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un introduced weapons produced by the North as part of his national defence development plan and discussed the “worldwide trend of arms development and its strategy” and the security agenda facing the two countries. Thoughts shared.

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