North Korea has warned the US to “shut up” after it denied exporting arms to help Russia in its war against Ukraine.
Recent supply difficulties in the Russian military have forced Moscow to buy millions of missiles and artillery shells from North Korea, according to a New York Times Report citing declassified US intelligence agencies this month. North Korea has openly sided with Russia during the war and is the only country, along with Syria and Russia, to have officially recognized the independence of the pro-Russian breakaway “republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk.
On Wednesday, an official described as the “Deputy Director General of the General Office of Equipment of the Ministry of National Defense” of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) released a statement condemning any suggestion that Russia would supply arms to North Korea a US Attempt to “stain” North Korea’s image, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
“We take this opportunity to make one thing clear,” the North Korean official said. “We have never exported arms or ammunition to Russia before, nor do we plan to export them.
“We condemn the US for thoughtlessly spreading the rumor against the DPRK to further its basic political and military objective,” the official continued. “And we warn the US not to make reckless remarks… and to keep its mouth shut.”
Despite denying arms sales, the official insisted that “not only the development, production and possession of military equipment, but also their export and import are the legal right of a sovereign state,” arguing that “no one is entitled to criticize”. such exports.
The United Nations Security Council was also dismissed for passing “unlawful” resolutions banning North Korea from importing or exporting weapons. The North Korean official claimed the sanctions were “concocted by the US and its vassal forces.”
Shortly after the report from The New York Times After the alleged arms sale was released, US State Department spokesman Vedant Patel told reporters during a briefing that “Russia’s Defense Ministry is in the process of buying millions of missiles and artillery shells from North Korea for use in Ukraine.”
“This purchase demonstrates that the Russian military continues to suffer from severe supply shortages, due in part to export controls and sanctions,” Patel said during a Sept. 6 briefing. “Another example of efforts to hold Russia accountable.”
White House national security spokesman John Kirby later contradicted the claim that the sale was going ahead, calling it a “potential purchase,” while saying the US “had no evidence that the purchase actually took place.” Has”.
Russia has labeled the US intelligence find “fake” and denied buying weapons from North Korea.
news week has reached out to the State Department and White House for comment.
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