June 02, 2023

North Korea denies it’s selling weapons to Russia but defends right to do so

Defense ministry statement comes after US said Moscow seeks DPRK rockets and artillery shells for Ukraine war

North Korea “has not exported weapons or ammunition to Russia” and has “no plans” to do so in the future, a DPRK military official said in a statement released by state media Thursday.

The denial appears to be in response to U.S. assessments earlier this month that Russia “has approached North Korea to request ammunition” and is “in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea for use in Ukraine.”