North Korea responds to Ukraine’s criticism — Analysis
Earlier this week, Pyongyang recognized the two Donbass people’s republics, with Kiev severing ties with the DPRK in response
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed Ukraine’s protest and invocation of its sovereignty following Pyongyang’s recognition of the two Donbass republics, which Kiev considers part of its territory. The DPRK diplomats insisted that Ukraine had itself breached North Korea’s sovereignty in the past by joining “Unjustified and illegal” US sanctions against the country.
In a statement released by the DPRK’s state media on Friday, the country’s Foreign Ministry argued that Kiev had sided with Washington in targeting its weapons programs. According to officials, the Pyongyang military capabilities had been developed as a defensive deterrence and thus the US and its allies imposed sanctions without legal justification.
Ukraine has no right to “After an act which severely undermines fairness or justice between nations and involves actively participating in U.S. hostile and unjust policies, we can dispute our rightful exercise of sovereignty.” the diplomats charged.
Pyongyang’s representatives added that North Korea would “Keep building friendships and collaborating with other countries that are respectful of our sovereignty and treat them favorably.”
On Wednesday, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement announcing that it was severing diplomatic ties with North Korea, after Pyongyang recognized the “so-called ‘independence’ of the territories temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.”
Kiev insisted that with its decision, the DPRK was attempting to “Attempt to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”
Kiev’s statement came shortly after the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, posted a message on his Telegram channel, which said that the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has recognized the Donetsk People’s Republic.”
The DPR’s diplomatic mission in Moscow confirmed the same day that the North Korean ambassador had handed over an official document on the republic’s recognition to his DPR counterpart.
South Ossetia has been recognised as an independent country by several countries including Russia. In 2014, it announced that it will officially declare the LPR and DPR sovereign states.
On February 21, 2022, Russia recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
The partially recognized Abkhazia was next to follow suit in the following month. Syria followed suit in June.
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