North Korea denies ‘groundless’ media report

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North Korea has denied a media report that claimed that it supplied munitions to Russia. The foreign ministry of North Korea termed it as “groundless” and denounced the United States for providing lethal weapons to Ukraine.

The update was shared on the North’s official KCNA news agency reported on Friday.

A ministry spokesperson said in a statement carried by the KCNA: “The Japanese media’s false report that the DPRK offered munitions to Russia is the most absurd red herring, which is not worth any comment or interpretation.”

On Thursday, the United States accused North Korea of supplying battlefield missiles and rockets to the Russian mercenary group Wagner for use in Ukraine.

The White House said the shipment violated UN Security Council resolutions and that it would announce further sanctions on Wagner.

DPRK are the initials of the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

According to the White House, Wagner took delivery of infantry rockets and missiles from North Korea, though Wagner owner Yevgeny Prigozhin denied the assertion as “gossip and speculation”.

The North Korean spokesperson said: “The DPRK remains unchanged in its principled stand on the issue of ‘arms transaction’ between the DPRK and Russia which has never happened,”, adding it is the United States that’s “bringing bloodshed and destruction to Ukraine by providing it with various kinds of lethal weapons.”

The North Korean foreign ministry statement did not make any mention of Wagner.

White House national security spokesman John Kirby told reporters: “Wagner is searching around the world for arms suppliers to support its military operations in Ukraine.

“We can confirm that North Korea has completed an initial arms delivery to Wagner, which paid for that equipment.”

UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said Britain agreed with Washington’s assessment.

Mr Cleverly said in a statement: “The fact that President (Vladimir) Putin is turning to North Korea for help is a sign of Russia’s desperation and isolation.”

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In a separate statement, the North Korean foreign ministry also slammed the United States’ attempt to issue a UN Security Council presidential statement on its latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch.

The spokesperson said in the statement: “The DPRK has already and clearly warned that such foolish attempt of the US may entail a very undesirable consequence.”

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