WW3 fears as North Korea teams up with Russia to blame west for ‘bloodshed’

North Korea has blamed the US for causing "bloodshed" in Ukraine and denied that it sent weapons to Russia.

Reports have been circling since Thursday (December 22), that Pyongyang has been giving weaponry to Russia in a bid to aid its efforts in wartorn Ukraine, following claims from US National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby.

North Korea has denied the allegations, first published in Japanese newspaper Tokyo Shimbun, and has instead blamed the USA for causing “bloodshed” with its own provision of weapons to the front.

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The Shimbun claimed that, on November 20, North Korea used rail links to send weapons to neighbour Russia, which is understood to have seen its weapons supplies hit hard by the fighting in Ukraine.

Today (Friday, December 23), a spokesperson for North Korea's foreign ministry spoke, in English, on the Korean Central News Agency against the allegations.

They said: "The Japanese media's false report that the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) offered munitions to Russia is the most absurd red herring, which is not worth any comment or interpretation".

They then turned around the allegations and aligned with previous arguments made by Russia that the provision of Western weapons to Ukraine only perpetuates the violence.

"The DPRK remains unchanged in its principled stand on the issue of 'arms transaction' between the DPRK and Russia which has never happened.

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"The international community will have to focus on the U.S. criminal acts of bringing bloodshed and destruction to Ukraine by providing it with various kinds of lethal weapons and equipment on a large scale, rather than lending an ear to the groundless theory of 'arms transaction' between the DPRK and Russia cooked up by some dishonest forces for different purposes.

"Taking this opportunity, I would like to say that the Russian people are the bravest people with the will and ability to defend the security and territorial integrity of their country without any others' military support."

On Wednesday (December 21), Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Pesko said that the arrival of weapons from NATO only provided “an aggravation of the conflict and, in fact, does not bode well for Ukraine.”

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