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N. Korea's military denies exporting weapons to Russia

All News 06:42 November 08, 2022

By Yi Wonju

SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's military said Tuesday it has never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia and has no plans to do so, accusing the United States of spreading "groundless" rumors.

In a statement issued by the vice director of the Military Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of National Defence the previous day, Pyongyang warned Washington against spreading such a "plot-breeding story."

"We regard such moves of the U.S. as part of its hostile attempt to tarnish the image of the DPRK in the international arena by invoking the illegal 'sanctions resolution' of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) against the DPRK," he said, referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"We once again make clear that we have never had 'arms dealings' with Russia and that we have no plan to do so in the future," he added in the English-language statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Earlier, U.S. intelligence said Russia may be in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea, which would violate multiple UNSC resolutions on the North. In response, the North denied such an arms deal in a statement released by its vice director general of the General Bureau of Equipment in September.


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