In a united effort, 48 countries, including South Korea, the United States, Japan, and various European nations, alongside the European Union (EU), have issued a joint statement denouncing North Korea's transfer of ballistic missiles. The statement, released by the foreign ministers of these nations, addresses concerns over the repercussions of such actions on global security.
The joint statement begins by condemning North Korea's export of ballistic missiles and highlights the acquisition of these missiles by Russia. It goes on to strongly criticize Russia's utilization of these missiles in attacks on Ukraine on December 30, 2023, and January 2, 2024. The nations express their collective disapproval, emphasizing the impact of these weapon transfers on the suffering of the Ukrainian people and the support they provide to Russia's aggressive actions.
The international coalition underscores the detrimental effects of such activities on the international non-proliferation regime. Additionally, the use of North Korean-designed ballistic missiles by Russia in Ukraine is deemed to provide North Korea with crucial technological and military insights. The statement expresses deep concern about the broader implications of this cooperation, affecting the security landscape in Europe, the Korean Peninsula, the Indo-Pacific region, and global security at large.
Governments within this coalition share a resolute stance against the transfer of weapons between Russia and North Korea. The joint statement points out that such transfersviolate multiple United Nations Security Council resoincluding Resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), and 2270 (2016), to which Russia has consented. The coalition emphasizes ongoing scrutiny of Russia's reciprocation to North Korea in exchange for these weapons exports.
The nations collectively call for an immediate cease of all activities violating relevant UN Security Council resolutions and urge both North Korea and Russia to comply with these resolutions. Furthermore, the coalition encourages all UN member states, including Security Council members, to unite in condemning Russia and North Korea for their clear violations.
Amidst Russia's ongoing missile and drone attacks against Ukraine, the joint statement reaffirms the coalition's support for Ukraine. It concludes by reiterating a call for North Korea to respond positively to diplomatic proposals, emphasizing diplomacy as the only pathway to achieving lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
In issuing this joint statement, the international community sends a strong and unified message against actions that compromise global security and violate established international norms.