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North Korea denies arms sales to Russia, tells US to keep its mouth shut

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O ditador norte-coreano, Kim Jong-un, em encontro com o presidente russo, Vladimir Putin, em 2019

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in | Photo: Alexei Nikolsky/Wikimedia Commons

In a note released this Wednesday (17), North Korea has informed that it does not intend to sell weapons to Russia, contrary to speculation by the United States.

In a note published by the state agency KCNA, the General Equipment Office of the The Ministry of National Defense pointed out that “recently, the US and other hostile forces spoke out about the ‘violation of a resolution’ of the United Nations Security Council, spreading a ‘rumor of arms negotiations’ between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) ) and Russia”.

In early September, US State Department spokesman Vedant Patel had said that Russia was “in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea for use in Ukraine”.

In the note released this Wednesday, Pyongyang claimed that it has never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia and does not plan to do so, and that the disclosure of this information “aims to tarnish the image” of the dictatorship. North Korean.

“We condemn the United States for recklessly spreading the rumor against the DPRK with the intention of achieving political and military objectives, and we urge the US to stop making reckless remarks to provoke the DPRK and keep their mouths shut,” he concluded. the note.

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