North Korea denies arms exports to Russia

North Korea denied on Wednesday that it has supplied weapons to Russia, state media reported, weeks after the United States said Moscow was turning to Pyongyang to replenish its stockpile depleted by its invasion of Ukraine.

“We have never exported weapons and ammunition to Russia before, and we have no plans to export them,” an official from the Defense Ministry’s General Equipment Bureau said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The announcement came after the White House said earlier in September that Russia was buying artillery shells and missiles from communist North Korea to support its war in Ukraine.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said the United States believes the purchases “could include literally millions of shells, missiles and artillery pieces.”

However, referring to the declassified information of the US intelligence, he then emphasized that the purchases are not yet completed and that there are no signs of the use of weapons in Ukraine.

Moscow’s ally Pyongyang lashed out at the US in a statement, saying Washington and “other hostile forces” were “spreading rumors of arms trade” between the DPRK and Russia, using North Korea’s official acronym.

“We warn the US to stop making rash remarks,” the statement said, stressing that North Korea reserves the right to export military equipment.

The White House noted that the purchase of artillery munitions from the isolated North Korean government, as well as a deal to buy military drones from Iran, showed that Russia is in a difficult position after months of Western economic and technology sanctions aimed at defeating its military machine.

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