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North Korea denies selling arms to Russia

SEOUL — North Korea has denied U.S. intelligence reports that it supplied arms to Russia, accusing Washington of spreading rumors aimed at tarnishing Pyongyang’s image.

“We have never exported arms or ammunition to Russia before and we are not planning to export any,” a senior North Korean defense official told state media on Thursday. The official accused “the United States and other hostile forces” of spreading “a rumor of arms trafficking between the DPRK and Russia”, referring to North Korea by its official name.

Thursday’s statement, published by North Korea’s Central News Agency, follows a recently declassified intelligence assessment from Washington that Russia was seeking to buy North Korean weapons for its war in Ukraine. Earlier this month, State Department deputy spokesman Vedant Patel said that “the Russian Ministry of Defense is in the process of buying millions of rockets and artillery shells from the North Korea for use in Ukraine”.

‘We warn the United States to stop making reckless remarks’ critical of Pyongyang and ‘shut up,’ reads the North Korea statement, attributed to an official identified only as deputy director of the General Bureau of equipment.

While denying any arms sales to Russia, the official defended North Korea’s right to enter into such military deals. “Not only the development, production, possession of military equipment, but also their export and import are the legitimate right of a sovereign state, and no one has the right to criticize it.”

Biden administration officials said the arms transfer plan indicates that Russia, under sanctions, was forced to approach Kim Jong Un’s regime for help in obtaining weapons for his invasion of Ukraine. Moscow has responded to US intelligence reports by calling them “false”.

Even amid widespread international condemnation of the war, North Korea has openly supported its Cold War ally Russia. Earlier this year, Kim exchanged messages with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, promising to expand relations to “new strategic heights”. North Korea is one of the few countries to have officially recognized the independence of the Moscow-backed breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine. North Korea and Russia share land and sea borders, which served as trade routes before the coronavirus border lockdowns.

Any arms trade with North Korea would be a violation of UN sanctions imposed on the regime to curb its nuclear and missile activities. In defiance of sanctions, the Kim regime has continued its military pursuits, including an unprecedented wave of ballistic missile tests this year. Officials in Seoul and Washington said earlier this year that North Korea was preparing for its first nuclear test in five years.

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