South Korea-Japan sanctions on Russia and North Korea

Last Updated on May 25, 2024 7:23 am

South Korea and Japan have imposed sanctions on Russia and North Korea over arms trade. The two countries imposed a series of sanctions on certain individuals, organizations and ships of Russia and North Korea. The decision to procure Russian arms from North Korea was made in violation of a Security Council resolution on Friday. British news agency Reuters reported this news.

In a statement, North Korea’s foreign ministry said seven North Korean individuals and two Russian ships were sanctioned for arms trade and other activities between the two countries.

The statement also said that the Russian ships were carrying a large number of containers to transport military supplies between Russia and North Korea. Such actions by the two countries are in clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Meanwhile, Japan has also announced sanctions against 11 Russian companies and one individual.

Tokyo has alleged that these organizations and that person are involved in providing military assistance to Russia to carry out operations in Ukraine. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi said in a press conference, “Russia’s procurement of weapons from North Korea is a relevant violation of the United Nations.” The resolution prohibits the procurement of arms and other materials from North Korea and the supply of arms and materials to the country.

The United States and South Korea allege that North Korea is supplying weapons to Russia for use in the Ukraine war. However, Moscow and Pyongyang have been denying the allegations. However, the two countries pledged to strengthen military ties last year.

South Korea’s foreign ministry claims that a North Korean national representing a North Korean state-owned company in Syria held arms-trade talks with a member of the Russia-based Bahgan group between 2022 and 2023.

South Korea’s foreign ministry said this citing an annual report prepared by the UN expert panel. The ministry also said another person employed by a Russian company was involved in the transfer of diesel from Russia to North Korea. Both men have been charged with violating Security Council resolutions. According to South Korea’s statement, five other North Korean nationals covered by the sanctions have played a role in raising funds to help develop Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.

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