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US promises to punish North Korea and Iran for helping Russia with ballistic missiles

Thursday, 4 January 2024, 21:42
US promises to punish North Korea and Iran for helping Russia with ballistic missiles
John Kirby. Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images

The United States has been preparing additional sanctions against those involved in the transfer of military assistance, including ballistic missiles, to Russia from North Korea (DPRK) and Iran.

Source: John Kirby, US National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications, during a press briefing on 4 January, as reported by European Pravda

Details: Kirby noted that the United States has evidence of Russia receiving ballistic missiles from North Korea, as well as talks between Moscow and Tehran to receive similar weapons, which were also reported by the media.


"In response to Russia's activities with Iran and North Korea, we are taking several measures with our allies and our partners," he announced.

Among other things, the US wants to raise the issue of military cooperation between Pyongyang and Moscow at the UN Security Council, as it contradicts the Security Council resolutions Russia previously voted for.

"We will demand that Russia be held accountable for yet again violating its international obligations. Second, we will impose additional sanctions against those working to facilitate arms transfers between Russia and the DPRK and between Russia and Iran," the White House representative added.


Kirby also promised that the US would continue to publish information and expose Russian arms deals in order not to allow other countries to "aid Russia's war machine in secret".


  • Russia and Iran signed a joint declaration on working together to counter Western sanctions imposed on both countries.
  • At the end of November, Iran announced the "finalisation" of an agreement with Russia on the supply of Su-35 fighter jets, as well as Mi-28 attack helicopters and Yak-130 trainer aircraft made in Russia.

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