U.S. and Western interference in Ukraine is the reason for the ongoing crisis in the country, a spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry said in an interview on Thursday.
Speaking with Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS in Pyongyang, the unnamed spokesman sided firmly with President Vladimir Putin, saying that the crisis was part of a plot to install a pro-Western government in Ukraine and to “isolate and weaken Russia”.
“The US bears the main brunt of responsibility for the current situation in Ukraine that resulted in numerous victims among civilians,” he said, describing the imposition of sanctions on Russia “unjustified”.
The goal of North Korean foreign policy, he continued, is “to combat decisively US attempts to overthrow legitimate authorities and state system through interference in domestic affairs of other countries by means of an unfair pressure, color revolutions and other illegal actions”.
“[The USA] is engaged in intrigues, pursues a policy aimed at toppling legitimate authorities and imposes unjustified sanctions on countries that pursue policies that do not suit them,” he added.
While North Korean state media has criticised American policy in Ukraine in the past, this is the first time a North Korean government spokesperson has come out so firmly on the side of Russia in the crisis.
Leonid Petrov, a North Korea researcher at the Australia National University, told NK News that the statement is a sign that “North Korea is rejoicing the return of Cold War politics”.
“Russia’s return to its old imperialistic and militaristic course is applauded in Pyongyang,” he argued, “Once again both nations share anti-American and anti-Western sentiments and consider dictatorship a norm”.
“Kim Jong-Un and Vladimir Putin fear colour revolutions and believe they are orchestrated by the enemies,” he added, “they both misinterpret Ukraine’s wish to be part of Europe as part of global conspiracy”.
Russia and North Korea have grown increasingly close in recent months, as Putin faces international isolation for his government’s subsequent annexation of Crimea and intervention in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
In June the two countries agreed to a series of measures to facilitate trade and cooperation, including discounts for Russian investors in the DPRK and measures to cut red tape and legislative barriers to Russian investment in the country.
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