North Korea denies supplying munitions to Russia

22 September, 04:20 PM
Kim Jong Un speaks in Pyongyang (Photo:KCNA via REUTERS)

Kim Jong Un speaks in Pyongyang (Photo:KCNA via REUTERS)

Pyongyang said that it has never supplied weapons or ammunition to Russia and has no plans to do so, UK newspaper The Guardian reported on Sept. 22.

North Korean authorities claim that the "reckless" statements of the United States about the sale of weapons allegedly "were an attempt to tarnish its image".

"We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we do not plan to export them," the DPRK said in an official statement through the state-controlled KCNA news agency.

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According to the U.S. intelligence, Russia is buying "millions of artillery shells and rockets" from North Korea, which may indicate both the impact of Western sanctions on Russia’s military-industrial complex and its inability to produce a sufficient number of even basic weapons for its full-scale war against Ukraine.

Various media outlets have reported that amid Russia’s colossal military losses in Ukraine, as well as and sanctions restrictions, the Kremlin has been attempting to negotiate military assistance from other sanctioned state entities, such as North Korea and Iran.

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