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North Korea blames US 'hegemonic policy', 'high-handedness' for Ukraine crisis

North Korea broke its silence on Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Monday, blaming the "hegemonic policy" and "high-handedness" of the United States and the West, the North's official news agency KCNA reported.

In its first official statement on Russia's attack, the North Korean Foreign Ministry said that the West was guilty of "abuse of power."

North Korea accused Washington and its allies of "ignoring Russia's reasonable and legitimate demands" for guaranteeing legally backed security assurances.

The dispatch came just a day after North Korea, engaged in stalled denuclearisation talks with the United States, fired a missile in what could be its first test after a record number of launches in January. 

(Source: Reuters) 

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