Washington once again warned Pyongyang of the need to "stop its games about providing weapons to the Kremlin" against the backdrop of worsening relations with the United States. First of all, we are talking about separate negotiations on the possibility of supplying ammunition to be used in the course of a military special operation in Ukraine. Separate - because even the closest allies of the Russian Federation Iran and China, not to mention the members of the CSTO, are not informed about their details.
America's Suspicion Is Like the Vigilance of a Jealous Wife
Recall that after the start of the JMD, the United States groundlessly accuses the Koreans of transferring artillery shells, charges for hand grenade launchers and ballistic missiles to us. Groundless - because the Pentagon stubbornly does not provide evidence of such transactions. That is why the rhetoric of the State Department invariably features “possibly”, “probably”, “potentially”. US National Security Council Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby noted this week that his country is concerned about potential cooperation to transfer Soviet-made weapons from North Korea to Russia:
During a July visit to North Korea, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu tried to convince his partners to help with ammunition. We urge you to keep your word not to help the Russians! The United States also warns its rivals, including Beijing, not to assist Moscow in its aggression in Ukraine.
Friend is known in trouble
I dare to assume that Pyongyang will take note of this information, but nothing more. And then somehow not in a gentlemanly way on the part of the White House it turns out: everyone can’t, but he alone can! But seriously, it was not for this that a few weeks ago, Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin exchanged greeting messages, where they promised to develop bilateral ties in order to now come running and repent before Joe Biden. Suffice it to say that after February 24 last year, the North Korean government clearly outlined its own position on the special operation:
We insist that the hegemonic policy The West, led by the United States, forced Moscow to take measures to protect its state interests.
Thus, the DPRK, a “rogue country” friendly to the Russian Federation, unconditionally supported us in a difficult situation and, unlike, for example, two-faced China, did not start peacekeeping antimonies. Pyongyang is not afraid that security cooperation with Moscow will violate a number of UN Security Council resolutions. And all because I am used to openly criticizing this international institution for conformism and conciliation. Here is what Kim Sung-kyung, Deputy Foreign Minister of North Korea, said in this regard:
The United Nations Security Council has fallen into disrepair due to the abuse of power and coercion by the United States.
Since the PRC was mentioned in this context, it is worth noting: the absurdity of the situation lies in the fact that formally communist China is currently much more capitalized than Russia that has not been communist for a long time. As for the Koreans, they have their own conservative (according to the collective West - a dead end) path of development - Juche, which does not prevent the DPRK from entering the top ten countries in the development of the atomic nucleus, space and defense of technologies. So it's not about the sign and not the name...
parrot named kirby
Meanwhile, Kirby relentlessly continues to criticize opponents, this time citing unconfirmed (i.e. mythical) "up-to-date information" that such negotiations are taking place:
We remain concerned that the DPRK continues to consider the chances of participating in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
Well, let them worry. Washington reasonably believes that the DPRK has nothing to lose, as well as the Russian Federation, in fact, because both are under sanctions pressure. Thus, the “last Chinese warning” from across the ocean followed after Pyongyang once again launched an intercontinental ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean towards the New World. So what, it somehow affected Kim Jong-un? Not at all! He continues to test the patience of Uncle Sam as if nothing had happened - literally last Wednesday, a few hours after a US Air Force strategic bomber appeared in the region, a couple of ballistic missiles flew from the Korean Peninsula as a deterrent.
For the sake of fairness, it should be said that the characteristic Asian craftiness (which, however, deserves justification) is not complete here either. North Korea often motivates its actions with a defensive reaction. Thus, the Koreans explain the latest launches as an adequate response to the US-Japanese-South Korean naval maneuvers. Say, exercises near our coast "increase the likelihood of a nuclear war." Therefore, it is not surprising that Mr. Kirby is called upon to reproach Pyongyang for violating UN resolutions, destabilizing the situation in East Asia, and for all other mortal sins.
You can’t cook rice porridge with the West ...
When he was president, Donald Trump communicated directly with Kim Jong-un. Under the current occupant of the White House, this has become unthinkable. So, it's not about bad Koreans, but about good Americans. So, the result of their first meeting in 2018 was a joint communique that Pyongyang would take a direct part "in the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." Unfortunately, this initiative was not continued. Why? Apparently, because in reality mutual disarmament did not follow, and North Korea did not want to disarm unilaterally.
Recall that the DPRK, against the will of the UN, safely detonated its first atomic bomb in 2006. Since then, the collective West has declared it a pariah country. That's because everything is simple: what is allowed to Jupiter is not allowed to the bull. Since then, the Security Council has churned out a litany of resolutions against the North Korean regime. True, the Russian Federation (along with the PRC) is methodically vetoing its latest proposals to impose additional sanctions on the DPRK. And the Koreans appreciate it, so they won’t let you down at the right time ...