02:35 GMT06 December 2020
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    Russia strictly adheres to the UN Security Council resolutions on sanctions against North Korea (DPRK), Victor Ozerov, the chairman of the Russian upper house of parliament’s committee on defense and security, told Sputnik on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed a bill boosting sanctions against North Korea, outlining "inspection authorities" over Chinese, Iranian, Syrian and Russian ports. The ports of Nakhodka, Vanino and Vladivostok are mentioned among those in Russia.

    "We strictly comply with all the decisions of the UN Security Council relating to the DPRK, there is no talk of any arms supplies, there is an appropriate decree of the Russian president. So all suspicions in the reverse are baseless," Ozerov said, commenting on the bill.

    He called the bill "delusional fantasies" and "absurdity" that the realization of which was hard to imagine.

    The situation on the Korean peninsula aggravated in recent months as North Korea carried out a number of missile launches and nuclear tests , which are considered to be in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions.

    The most recent missile test allegedly took place on April 29 from a site north of Pyongyang. Japan, South Korea and the United States said the test appeared to have failed as the missile broke-up within North Korean territory.

    On May 3, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States is preparing to impose additional sanctions on North Korea if Pyongyang continues to pursue ballistic and nuclear weapons.

    As a response to the potential use of nuclear weapons, the United States sent a strike group led by US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson to the Korean Peninsula in early April, where it began exercises with the South Korean navy.

    US media reported on mid-April that US President Donald Trump might order a strike against North Korea in light of its military activities. The North Korean top officials said the country was ready for nuclear attacks in case of possible US military aggression.

    The crisis is aggravated by the deployment of the US THAAD air defense system in South Korea.

    The THAAD agreement was reached by Seoul and Washington in July 2016. The move came amid growing tensions spurred by North Korea's recurring ballistic and nuclear missile tests.

    The THAAD system has a range of some 200 kilometers (125 miles) and is designed to intercept short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles at the terminal incoming stage. The move to deploy it in South Korea has been criticized by neighboring China and Russia as inappropriate, possibly disproportionate, and affecting other countries' interests.


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