North Korea denied on Wednesday that it supplied weapons to Russia, state media said, weeks after the United States said Moscow was turning to Pyongyang to replenish its supplies depleted by the invasion of Ukraine.
“We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia and we do not intend to export them,” an official from the Defense Ministry’s General Bureau of Equipment said in a statement from the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). .
The statement comes 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 believed the purchases “could literally include millions of bullets, rockets and artillery shells.”
However, he cited declassified US intelligence and stressed at the time that the purchases had not yet been completed and that there was no indication that the weapons were being used in Ukraine.
Moscow ally Pyongyang attacked the United States in the statement, saying Washington and “other hostile forces” were “spreading a “rumor about arms trade” between the DPRK and Russia,” using the official acronym for North Korea.
“We are warning the US to stop making reckless remarks,” it said, stressing that North Korea retains the right to export military equipment.
The White House said the purchase of artillery ammunition from the isolated North Korean government, as well as a deal to buy military drones from Iran, showed Russia was in dire straits after months of Western economic and technological sanctions aimed at crippling of his war machine.
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