Refuting reports that weapons would be supplied to Russia, North Korea said it had never supplied weapons.
North Korea has warned America to shut up.
The deputy spokesman for the US State Department has said that Russia may buy weapons from North Korea.
Seoul. North Korea said on Thursday it had never supplied arms or ammunition to Russia and had no plans to supply arms to Russia in the future. According to a statement by state media KCNA, North Korea has clarified the issue of arms supply to Russia. KCNA quoted the deputy country director general of the Department of National Defense’s General Office of Equipment in a statement without naming him, saying, “Recently, the United States and other hostile forces have spoken of a ‘ violation of a” UNSC resolution. Spreading “rumors of an arms deal” between the DPRK and Russia. We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before, nor do we plan to no more exporting weapons to Russia in the future.”
US State Department deputy spokesman Vedanta Patel said earlier this month that Russia was “in the process of buying millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea to use them in Ukraine”. Calling it a “potential purchase,” White House national security spokesman John Kirby clarified that “there was no indication that the purchase was complete and there was certainly no indication that these weapons were being used at inside Ukraine”. Additionally, North Korea, in Thursday’s statement, warned the United States to “keep your mouth shut” and stop spreading rumors that could tarnish the country’s image.
US intelligence officials believed that Russia might also buy additional military hardware from North Korea in the future. The New York Times first published a news item based on this intelligence report. The US official gave no information on the amount of weapons Russia wants to buy from North Korea. Recently, North Korea has sought to strengthen its ties with Russia and blamed the United States for the Ukraine crisis. He defended Russia’s military action in Ukraine, saying Russia’s action against the West’s policy of hegemony was self-defense.
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