SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s foreign ministry dismissed reports it had supplied munitions to Russia as “baseless” and accused the United States of supplying lethal weapons to Ukraine. The state-run Central News Agency of Korea (KCNA) reported on the 23rd.
Japanese media reported that North Korea transported military supplies, including artillery shells, to Russia last month by train. The White House also confirmed on the 22nd that North Korea had completed its first delivery of weapons to a Russian private military company.
A spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry said in a statement, “The false reports by Japanese media that North Korea has supplied Russia with munitions are the stupidest hoax and deserve no comment or interpretation.”
Wagner Group, a Russian private military company, has received rockets and infantry missiles from North Korea to bolster Russian forces in Ukraine, the White House said. Wagner founder Evgeny Prigozin denies this.
A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said there was “never was” any arms trade between the two countries and accused the United States of causing bloodshed and destruction in Ukraine by supplying various lethal weapons.
In a separate statement, the ministry condemned US efforts to adopt a presidential statement at the United Nations Security Council on the latest launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
“North Korea has already clearly warned that such a foolish attempt by the United States could have very undesirable consequences,” a ministry spokesman said. He said the US move was a “very dangerous move” and needed to be countered with action.