The White House has claimed that Russia is again looking to North Korea for weapons for its war in Ukraine
Evidence that Russia is again looking to North Korea for weapons for the Ukraine war, making an agreement that in return it would provide Pyongyang with necessary food, the White House said it has at its disposal, according to the Associated Press.
“Under this proposed deal, Russia would receive more than two dozen types of weapons and ammunition from Pyongyang.” said White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby on Thursday. “We also understand that Russia is seeking to send a delegation to North Korea and that Russia is offering North Korea food in exchange for ammunition.” he added.
Earlier on Thursday, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions on a Slovak national, Asot Mkrticev, alleging that he tried to facilitate arms deals between Russia and North Korea.
Kirby argued that Mkrtchev is at the center of the new North Korea-Russia deal, which has yet to be finalized. But he added that the US has no evidence that Mkrtchev was involved in an earlier arms transfer to the Russian Wagner group.
North Korea is the only nation besides Russia and Syria to recognize the independence of the Russian-backed separatist territories of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.
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