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John Kirby, carrier speech of the United States National Security Council, addresses journalists during a press briefing at the White House on December 19.

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Missiles supplied by North Korea to Russia were used during large-scale attacks in recent days on Ukraine, the White House said on Thursday, denouncing a “consequent and worrying escalation” of Pyongyang's support for Moscow.

Our information indicates that North Korea recently provided Russia with ballistic missile launch systems and several ballistic missiles, said US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.

This arms transfer requires the US Congress to approve a new military aid package to Ukraine, according to the White House.< /p>

US President Joe Biden urged Congress last Friday to act without further delay to approve an aid package for Kiev after the massive bombings in Ukraine.

Ukraine's anti-aircraft defenses, the target of numerous Russian strikes in recent days, remain absolutely a priority, John Kirby said on Thursday.

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Nearly 120 towns and villages were hit by Russian strikes at the end of December, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

Russian forces launched at least one of the Pyongyang-supplied missiles on December 30. It crashed in a field in the Zaporizhia region in southern Ukraine, Kirby said.

Several missiles were then launched by Russia towards Ukraine on January 2, as part of a massive air attack, the spokesperson for the US National Security Council added.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The United States and its allies will take the issue to the UN Security Council, as the missile transfer represents a violation of UN sanctions on North Korea, John Kirby said.

In October, the United States claimed that more than 1,000 containers of military equipment and munitions had been delivered to Russia from North Korea the previous weeks.

Seoul also estimated that North Korea had supplied Russia with more than a million artillery shells for its war in Ukraine, receiving in exchange technical advice for its satellites.

In exchange for these arms transfers, Pyongyang seeks to obtain equipment Russian military and sophisticated technologies, John Kirby told the press.

Russia and North Korea, historic allies, are both subject to international sanctions – the former for its invasion of Ukraine and the latter for its banned nuclear weapons and missile programs.

Their growing military cooperation is a source of concern for Ukraine and its allies, particularly after a meeting by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with Russian President Vladimir Putin in September in the Russian Far East.

According to John Kirby, Russia also plans to buy missiles from its Iranian ally.

We will impose additional sanctions against those working to facilitate these arms transfers between Russia and North Korea and between Russia and Iran, he added.

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