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North Korea Denies Exporting Weapons To Russia

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State media reported that North Korea denied supplying weapons to Russia on Wednesday. Weeks after, the United States claimed that Moscow was turning to Pyongyang to replenish its supplies after invading Ukraine depleted them.

In a statement quoted by the official Korean Central News Agency, a representative of the defense ministry’s General Bureau of Equipment stated, “We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we will not plan to export them” (KCNA).

The declaration follows the White House’s earlier September claim that Russia was acquiring rockets and artillery from communist North Korea to support its conflict in Ukraine.

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According to John Kirby, a spokesman for the National Security Council, American purchases “could include literally millions of rounds, rockets, and artillery shells.”

He emphasized at the time that the purchases had not yet been made and that there was no proof the weapons were being used in Ukraine, citing declassified US intelligence.

Using the official abbreviation for North Korea, Pyongyang, a close friend of Moscow, lashed out at the United States in the statement, claiming that it and “other hostile forces” were “spreading a ‘rumor of weapons deals’ between the DPRK and Russia.”

It said that North Korea still has the right to sell military hardware while warning the US to cease making careless comments.

According to the White House, the purchase of artillery ammunition from the isolated North Korean government and an agreement to purchase military drones from Iran demonstrated Russia’s dire financial situation following months of Western economic and technological sanctions intended to deter its war machine.

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