U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously adopts North Korea-Russia military cooperation sanctions bill

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In the amendment to the North Korea Sanctions Act enacted in 2016,
Military cooperation with Russia designated as a target of sanctions

The Voice of America (VOA) reported on the 1st that a bill imposing sanctions on military cooperation between North Korea and Russia unanimously passed the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed the ‘North Korea-Russia Cooperation Sanctions Bill’ at a plenary session on the 29th of last month with 40 votes in favor and 0 votes against, sending it to the plenary session.

A bipartisan bill introduced last September by Democratic Rep. Jerry Connolly and Republican Rep. Joe Wilson amends the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act (NKSPEA), enacted in 2016, to impose sanctions on North Korea in connection with military cooperation with Russia. This is what allows you to do it.

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The amendment directs the U.S. president to sanction all individuals and institutions involved in supporting North Korea, including weapons used in Russia’s war in Ukraine.

All individuals and institutions involved in the transfer or sale of military supplies, as well as foreign financial institutions involved in related transactions, are also subject to sanctions.

The bill requires the government to prepare and submit a report every 180 days describing North Korea’s various activities supporting Russia’s war in Ukraine.

In addition, Russia’s economic and military support for North Korea’s space, nuclear, and ballistic missile programs was also included as a target of sanctions.

Previously, North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin held their first summit meeting in September at the Vostonich Cosmodrome in Russia and agreed on military cooperation between the two countries.

Since then, North Korea has provided Russia with 1,000 containers worth of military equipment and ammunition, White House National Security Council spokesman John Gervey said in October.

However, North Korea and Russia deny arms deals and military cooperation.

At the First Committee meeting of the United Nations General Assembly last October, North Korea said, “We firmly reject the United States’ claims raising suspicions about North Korea-Russia arms trade.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also claimed in October regarding the suspicions of North Korea-Russia arms trade that “they are all unfounded and contain no specific details.”

Source: Donga

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