North Korea denies arms supply to Russia

Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photo published by North Korea News Agency on December 31, 2022. On Sunday, a senior member of the North Korean government rejected the US allegations. KCNA/Reuters

A White House Security Council spokesman released footage purportedly showing railcars delivering North Korean weapons to Russia, including rockets meant for Wagner.

North Korea on Sunday denied arms supplies to Moscow after Washington accused it of supplying rockets and missiles to Wagner, the Russian paramilitary group based in Ukraine.

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. Later, the United States named Wagner “criminal organizationand announced the sending of these recordings to the United Nations as part of sanctions against Pyongyang.

“a serious provocation”

On Sunday, a senior North Korean government official condemned “a foolish attempt at justification» Future arms shipments from Washington to Ukraine, which on Thursday promised to deliver 31 Abrams tanks to Kyiv. Quoted by the official KCNA news agency, Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the North Korean American Affairs Department, dismissed it “fabricated rumor“and warned the United States that they would be exposing themselves”.actually undesirable consequencesIf they keep spreading it. ,Trying to tarnish (North Korea’s) image by manufacturing something that doesn’t exist is a serious provocation that cannot be allowed and can only trigger a reaction“, she added.

On Friday, Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, also criticized the United States’ promises to send arms to Ukraine, accusing them of “cross the red line“. Russia, which is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, has long argued against tougher international sanctions against North Korea and has also called for them to be eased on humanitarian grounds.

Kim Jong Un said in 2022 that he wants his country to have the world’s most powerful nuclear power, calling it in September “immovable» Nuclear energy status of the North.

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