SEOUL — North Korea's Foreign Minister, Choe Son-hui, denounced a trilateral statement from Seoul, Washington, and Tokyo that condemned North Korea's arms transfers to Russia. Choe labeled the statement as "groundless criticism and defamation."
According to a new release by Yonhap News Agency, Choe argued that other nations have "no right to interfere in the issues belonging to the national sovereignty of states." The statement from South Korea, the United States, and Japan earlier this week had criticized North Korea's provision of military equipment and munitions to Russia, stating that the three countries have confirmed deliveries of some weapons.
The trilateral statement "strongly condemns the provision of military equipment and munitions by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the Russian Federation for use against the government and people of Ukraine," the release noted, referring to North Korea by its official name.
Choe also questioned the intentions behind the trilateral statement, suggesting that if there is "no malice toward the DPRK and Russia," then there should be no concern about the development of "equal and normal relations between the two countries."
Earlier, Washington disclosed that North Korea had sent over 1,000 containers of military equipment and munitions to Moscow for use in its conflict in Ukraine. This revelation came in the wake of a rare summit last month between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin.