North Korea fires missiles in full tension over arms aid to Russia

By: MRT Desk

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North Korea fires missiles in full tension over arms aid to Russia

North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Friday, South Korea’s military said, the latest in an unprecedented number of missile tests this year.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the missiles were fired from the Sunan area of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. The Japanese coast guard also reported the alleged launch of a ballistic missile.

The launch comes five days after the isolated country fired two medium-range missiles in what it called an “important” test for the spy satellite program it aims to complete in April.

Tension escalated this week after the White House said Thursday that North Korea had completed a first delivery of weapons, infantry rockets and missiles, to a private Russian military company, the Wagner Group, to bolster Russian forces in Ukraine.

Wagner’s owner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, denied the claim, calling it “gossip and speculation.”

Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry also denied Japanese media reports Friday of ammunition shipments to Russia, calling it “unfounded.”

The Tokyo Shimbun reported that North Korea had sent artillery shells and other munitions to Russia by train last month, and that additional shipments were expected in the coming weeks.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said it has never conducted arms transactions with Russia and criticized Washington for delivering lethal weapons to Ukraine, without mentioning Wagner.

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