Global Powers Clash at UN Over North Korea Arms Allegations

The United States, Britain, and France clashed with Russia at the United Nations Security Council on Friday, accusing Moscow of violating an arms embargo on North Korea by using missiles and munitions from Pyongyang in its conflict with Ukraine.

Russia’s U.N. Ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, dismissed the accusations as “completely false.”

The council meeting followed a recent pact signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in which they agreed to provide military support if either country faces armed aggression.

The United States also criticized China, urging it to leverage its influence over North Korea and Russia to protect regional and global security and halt the “increasingly dangerous military cooperation” between the two nations.

“I appeal to my Chinese colleagues to understand that if indeed the situation on the Korean Peninsula continues on the trajectory it’s on, the United States and its allies will have to take steps to defend their security,” deputy U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood stated, without providing further details.

China firmly rejected the U.S. accusation that it was encouraging North Korea by failing to condemn Russia’s actions.

“The current situation on the Korean Peninsula continues to be tense. How did this come about?” asked China’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Geng Shuang. “The U.S. should reflect deeply, especially on its own actions, instead of blaming others and shirking its own responsibility as it habitually does.”

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