North Korea denies exporting weapons to Russia

Seoul, November 8: North Korea’s military on Tuesday denied exporting arms or ammunition to Russia and said it had no plans to do so, accusing the United States of spreading “baseless” rumors. “.

In a statement released by the National Defense Ministry’s deputy director of military foreign affairs, Pyongyang warned Washington against spreading such a “conspiracy story”, reports the Yonhap news agency.

“We view such actions by the United States as part of its hostile attempt to tarnish the DPRK’s image in the international arena by invoking the illegal UN Security Council ‘sanctions resolution’ against the DPRK.” , he said, referring to the North. by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“We make it clear once again that we have never had an ‘arms trade’ with Russia and that we have no plans to do so in the future,” he added in the statement released. by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Earlier, US intelligence said Russia may be buying millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea, which would violate several UNSC resolutions on the North.

In response, the North denied such an arms deal in a statement issued by its deputy director general of the General Office of Equipment in September.

(IANS)