North Korea denies that it became the… supplier of arms and ammunition to Russia, which is seeing its stocks run out due to the invasion of Ukraine. The US claims that Vladimir Putin turned to Kim Jong Un, but Pyongyang denies this.
North Korea denied the US arms sales to Russia via the official KCNA news agency.
“We have never exported arms or ammunition to Russia in the past, and we do not plan to make such exports” in the future, a spokesman for North Korea’s defense ministry’s general equipment service said in a statement quoted by the official KCNA news agency.
The announcement came after a White House spokesman said a few days ago that Russia had bought shells and missiles from North Korea for use in the war in Ukraine.
The spokesman for the US presidency’s National Security Council, John Kirby, said the US believes Moscow has bought “literally millions of bullets, missiles and artillery shells”.
However, citing declassified information from US intelligence services, he added that these purchases had not yet been completed and that there was no evidence that these ammunitions were being used in Ukraine.
Moscow’s ally Pyongyang said in a statement that Washington and “other hostile powers are spreading rumors of arms trade” between North Korea and Russia. “We warn the U.S. to stop making irresponsible comments,” the text added, stressing, however, that North Korea reserves its legal right to export military equipment.
According to the White House, the purchase of ammunition for Russian artillery from North Korea and the purchase of UAVs from Iran show that Moscow is in a desperate situation after months of economic and technological sanctions from the West aimed at crippling its war machine .