North Korea condemns US for supplying long-range missiles to Ukraine
North Korea condemns US for supplying long-range missiles to Ukraine
North Korea condemns US for supplying long-range missiles to Ukraine
by DZRH News24 October 2023
A North Korean flag flutters at the propaganda village of Gijungdong in North Korea, in this picture taken near the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, South Korea, July 19, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Pool/ File Photo

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Saturday condemned the United States for supplying Ukraine with long-range ballistic missiles known as ATACMS, saying any strike on Russia with them will only hamper peace efforts.

On Tuesday, Ukraine said it used the U.S.-supplied Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) for the first time, inflicting heavy damage on two airfields in Russian-occupied areas. Russian forces invaded Ukraine in February 2022 and the Kyiv government has repeatedly asked Washington for the missiles, while promising not to use them inside Russia.

"The U.S. finally delivered ATACMS ground-to-ground missile system to Ukraine despite the deep concern and strong opposition of the international community," Sin Hong-Chol, North Korea's ambassador to Russia, said in a statement carried by state media KCNA.

"Any strike at the interior of Russia, a nuclear power, will not be of help to the early end of the Ukrainian situation or its peaceful settlement as the U.S. advocates but will serve as a catalyst for putting the whole Europe into the crucible of endless war and prolonging the war," the statement said.


Several variants of ATACMS can carry cluster bomblets. The system provides "the ability to engage both point and area high value targets with precision fires out to 300 km," a U.S. Army website says.

On Oct. 13, the White House accused Pyongyang of providing Russia with a shipment of weapons recently, calling it a troubling development and raising concerns about the expanded military relationship between the two countries.

(Reporting by Cynthia Kim; editing by Grant McCool)

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