Moscow, 21 January 2024 (TDI): North Korea fuels Russia’s firepower, triggering Western allies’ fury over alleged ballistic missile supply, escalating the Ukraine war and sparking wider conflict fears.
In a joint statement on Wednesday, the European Union and the United States condemned North Korea “in the strongest possible terms” for providing Russia with ballistic missiles. The statement accused Moscow of using missiles in major December-January airstrikes, causing casualties.
As North Korea fuels Russia’s firepower, global condemnation grows over its role in the escalating conflict. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, decried North Korea’s blatant disregard for international law and human life. We will not stand idly by while they fuel this illegal war.”
Fueling the Flames
This development comes at a crucial juncture in the war, with fighting largely stalled due to harsh winter conditions. Kyiv has been pleading for increased military and financial support from the West, and Hungary’s recent veto of a €50 billion aid package has further complicated matters.
North Korea’s missile transfer now raises concerns that the conflict could spiral out of control, potentially drawing in other nations.
Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, stated, ‘The world must not turn a blind eye to North Korea’s involvement in this war. We need more than words. We need action to stop Putin and his allies from using these deadly weapons against innocent people.”
The EU and US have vowed to hold North Korea accountable for its actions and are considering a range of potential responses, including sanctions and further diplomatic isolation.
Additionally, calls are growing for increased military support to Ukraine to counter the threat posed by the new missiles.
Meanwhile, tensions are further heightened by North Korea’s announcement that Russian President Vladimir Putin could visit the country “at an early date.” This proposed visit, if it materializes, would be a significant show of solidarity between the two states and could further destabilize the region.
Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, said, “This outrageous act by North Korea is a direct threat to regional and global security. We will work with our allies to hold Pyongyang accountable and to ensure that Ukraine has the resources it needs to defend itself.”