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The U.S. and its main allies are greatly concerned about the increasing cooperation between North Korea and Russia and are urging an end to North Korean weapon transfers aimed at Ukraine. The United States and other countries issued a joint statement condemning these arms transfers, which have been used by Russia to strike Ukraine’s critical infrastructure and prolong the suffering of the Ukrainian people. Despite denials from Moscow and Pyongyang, a U.N. report confirmed that a North Korean ballistic missile strike occurred in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

The U.S. Secretary of State and foreign ministers from several key allies, along with the EU High Representative, highlighted their recent coordination of sanctions measures in response to the deepening cooperation between North Korea and Russia. They expressed their firm opposition to these arms transfers, which represent a violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. The joint statement called on North Korea and Russia to cease these unlawful activities and condemned Russia’s veto of a U.N. resolution to extend the mandate of an expert panel monitoring U.N. sanctions against North Korea.

In response to Russia’s veto and continued arms transfers between North Korea and Russia, the U.S. and its allies have sought alternative ways to coordinate and monitor sanctions on North Korea. These alleged arms transfers have prompted responses from other countries, including South Korea, Japan, and Britain. The U.S. State Department described this coordinated effort as the largest multilateral coordinated sanctions action against North Korea to date, urging both countries to immediately halt their malign activities.

The joint statement emphasized the need for North Korea to take concrete steps towards abandoning its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and to return to diplomacy. The U.S. and its allies are calling on North Korea and Russia to end their arms transfers and comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions. Despite denials from Russia and North Korea regarding these transfers, the U.S. and its allies remain determined to prevent further arms transfers that could contribute to ongoing conflict and suffering in Ukraine.

The U.S. and its allies have voiced their commitment to addressing the deepening cooperation between North Korea and Russia, calling for an end to these arms transfers that have been used to strike critical infrastructure in Ukraine. The joint statement issued by these countries condemned the violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions and called on North Korea and Russia to comply with international norms and cease their unlawful activities. This coordinated effort represents a significant step towards preventing further arms transfers and promoting peace and stability in the region.

The U.N. report confirming a North Korean ballistic missile strike on Kharkiv further underscores the urgency of addressing the deepening cooperation between North Korea and Russia. Despite denials from both countries, the joint statement issued by the U.S. and its allies makes it clear that these arms transfers are unacceptable and must be stopped. The U.S. and its partners are working together to coordinate and monitor sanctions on North Korea, while also calling for North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and return to diplomacy.

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