N.Korea backs Russia’s proclaimed annexations, criticises U.S. ‘double standards’

SEOUL, Oct 4 (Reuters) – North Korea supports Russia’s proclaimed annexation of parts of Ukraine, its foreign ministry said on Tuesday, accusing the United States of applying “a double standard of gangster type” by interfering in the affairs of other countries.

State media KCNA reported on a US-led UN Security Council resolution condemning the proclaimed annexation, which Russia vetoed on Friday, backing Moscow’s claim that which regions have chosen to be part of Russia.

Kyiv and Western leaders have condemned the referendums as a sham, with Washington urging UN member states not to recognize any altered status of Ukraine and Russia to withdraw troops from areas where it has seized territory by strength and where the fighting is still raging.

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Jo Chol Su, director general of international organizations at Pyongyang’s foreign ministry, said the referendums were conducted legitimately in accordance with the UN charter, but the United States was applying a “double standard”. gangster-like measures” after invading other countries to maintain his own. “supremacy”.

“To keep the ‘unipolar world’ unchallenged, the United States interferes in the internal affairs of independent countries and violates their legal rights by abusing the United Nations Security Council,” Jo said in a statement carried by KCNA.

“The United States has launched wars of aggression against sovereign states, including the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq, but the United States has not been challenged by the UNSC.”

Jo said the Security Council would face consequences if it followed Washington’s “authoritarian and arbitrary practices and partial and double standards”.

Ukraine severed ties with North Korea, a former Cold War ally with Russia, in July after Pyongyang recognized two self-declared breakaway republics in eastern Ukraine.

The United States said last month that Russia was buying millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea for use in Ukraine.

But North Korea rejected the report, warning Washington to “shut up” and stop creating rumors “tarnishing” the country’s image.

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Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; edited by Richard Pullin

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