- North Korea denies exporting weapons to Russia during war in Ukraine
- US intelligence says Russia is in the process of buying weapons from North Korea
- North Korea tells US to stop making ‘reckless remarks’ and ‘keep your mouth shut’
North Korea has denied supplying any weapons to Russia during the war in Ukraine and has no plans to do so, and said US intelligence reports of the arms transfer were an attempt to tarnish Pyongyang’s image.
According to a state media report released today, an unnamed North Korean defense official called on the US to stop making “reckless remarks” and “shout your mouth”.
Biden administration officials confirmed an unclassified US intelligence assessment earlier this month that Russia was in the process of purchasing weapons from North Korea, including millions of artillery shells and rockets.
It comes as Moscow attempts to ease a severe supply shortage in Ukraine, which has been worsened by US-led export controls and sanctions.
North Korea’s statement comes weeks after Moscow described US intelligence searches as “fake”.
North Korean arms exports to Russia would violate UN resolutions banning the import or export of arms to the country.
North Korea has denied supplying any weapons to Russia during the war in Ukraine and has no plans to do so, and said US intelligence reports of the arms transfer were an attempt to tarnish Pyongyang’s image. Image: Russian President Vladimir Putin with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Russia in 2019
The North Korean official insisted that Pyongyang did not recognize the “illegal” UN Security Council sanctions against the country as “cooked up by the US and its vassal forces”.
According to the English translation of the statement published by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency, the official said the export and import of military equipment is “a legitimate right for a sovereign state”.
‘But we use this opportunity to clarify one thing. We have never exported arms or ammunition to Russia before and we do not plan to export them,’ said the official, who was described as deputy director general of the General Equipment Bureau of the Ministry of National Defense.
The official, referring to the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, said: “It is not certain where the rumor originated, which the US is spreading, but it is aimed at tarnishing the image of the DPRK.” ,
Faced with sanctions and export controls, Russia bought Iranian-made drones in August, which US officials said had technical problems.
Experts say North Korea could, if willing, become a major source of small arms, artillery and other ammunition for Russia, given the compatibility of their defense systems based on Soviet roots.
North Korea has sought to strengthen ties with Russia, while much of Europe and the West blame the US for the crisis and justify military action by Russia in Ukraine to protect itself from the West’s ‘hegemony’. policy’ has been criticized.
US officials believe that Russia may consider purchasing additional military equipment from North Korea in the future. Image: North Korea’s military tests multiple rocket launchers
The North Korean government has also indicated that it is interested in sending construction workers to help rebuild pro-Russian areas in Ukraine’s east.
In July, North Korea became the only nation, apart from Russia and Syria, to recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
North Korea has also used the war as a window to accelerate its weapons development, testing dozens of weapons, including its first long-range missiles since 2017, taking advantage of divisions in the United Nations Security Council. Raising, where Russia and China have blocked US efforts to tighten up. sanctions on pyongyang
The North has halted its testing activity with repeated threats of nuclear conflict with Seoul and Washington.
The latest was a law passed by Pyongyang’s rubber-stamp parliament this month that further established the country’s status as a nuclear power and authorized the retrospective use of nuclear weapons in a wide range of scenarios where its leadership comes under threat. .
Sung Kim, the Biden administration’s special representative for North Korea, met with his South Korean counterpart Kim Gunn in Seoul on Thursday, where he expressed “serious concern” over North Korea’s growing nuclear doctrine, which is described in the new law, South Korea. Is. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The diplomats reaffirmed America’s commitment to defend South Korea with the full range of its military capabilities, including nuclear in the event of a nuclear war, in the event of a nuclear war.
The ministry said the allies also retained their months-old assessment that North Korea is gearing up to conduct its first nuclear test since 2017 and discussed “tough” retaliatory measures for such action.
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