North Korea denies arms supply to Russia

North Korea denies arms supply to Russia

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Pyongyang wants to clear things up once again this Sunday about its involvement in the war in Ukraine. North Korea has denied supplying arms to Moscow after Washington accused it of supplying rockets and missiles to Russian paramilitary group Wagner.

Last week, White House Security Council spokesman John Kirby released US intelligence footage purportedly showing Russian train cars returning from North Korea loaded with military equipment, including rockets for Wagner. In the process, the United States designated Wagner as a “criminal organization” and announced the transmission of these recordings to the United Nations as part of sanctions against Pyongyang.

a “rumour made from scratch”

On Sunday, a senior North Korean government official denounced a “foolish attempt to justify” future arms shipments by Washington to Ukraine, which promised Kyiv 31 Abrams tanks on Thursday.

Quoted by the official KCNA news agency, Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the North Korean US Affairs Department, dismissed this “rumour made from scratch” and warned the United States to brace themselves for “truly undesirable consequences”. Will expose if they continue to spread it. “Trying to tarnish (North Korea’s) image by creating something that doesn’t exist is a grave provocation that can never be allowed and can only trigger a backlash,” he said.

Kim Yo-jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, also criticized the United States’ promises to send arms to Ukraine on Friday, accusing them of “crossing the red line”.

Moscow, Pyongyang’s rare ally at the United Nations

Russia, along with China, is one of Pyongyang’s few international allies and has already directly aided the North Korean regime. Apart from Syria and Russia, North Korea is the only country that has recognized the independence of Lugansk and Donetsk, two pro-Russian separatist regions in eastern Ukraine.

Russia, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, for its part has long pleaded against tightening international sanctions against North Korea and has even called for them to be waived for humanitarian reasons. .