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Australia imposes sanctions on bodies linked to North Korea’s weapons trade with Russia

Eleanor Campbell NCA NewsWire
Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong has announced sanctions against six bodies linked to North Korean arms exports to Russia. NCA NewsWire/Martin Ollman
Camera IconForeign Affairs Minister Penny Wong has announced sanctions against six bodies linked to North Korean arms exports to Russia. NCA NewsWire/Martin Ollman Credit: News Corp Australia

Australia has imposed targeted sanctions against entities linked to unlawful weapons trade between North Korea and Russia.

Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong announced sanctions against six bodies linked to North Korean arms exports to Russia, calling the ongoing transfer of weapons a “flagrant violation” of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

“Australia condemns, in the strongest possible terms, North Korea’s illegal export and Russia’s procurement and use of North Korean ballistic missiles in support of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine,” Senator Wong said in a statement.

“The use of North Korean ballistic missiles by Russia increases the suffering of the Ukrainian people, supports Russia’s illegal and immoral war of aggression and undermines the global non-proliferation regime.”

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Senator Wong said Australia would continue to work with Western allies to hold Russia and North Korea to account and address the security threat posed by North Korea.

On Thursday, the US announced sanctions on two Russian individuals and three Russian companies for facilitating arms transfers with Pyongyang.

US Treasury officials said in a statement that both countries had strengthened their military co-operation over the past year, with North Korea providing ballistic missiles and munitions to Russia in return for weapons and economic aid.

Senator Wong said deepening ties between the two countries had serious security implications for South Korea, Europe, and the Indo-Pacific region.

“Together with our partners, we call on North Korea to engage in constructive dialogue and move toward permanent peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,” she said.

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Camera IconForeign Affairs Minister Penny Wong has announced sanctions against six bodies linked to North Korean arms exports to Russia. NCA NewsWire/Martin Ollman Credit: News Corp Australia

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