Russia Blasts Washington’s Unfounded Allegations That It Is Selling Weapons To North Korea

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PYONGYANG, Independent Korea – The allegations by the US authorities over the alleged acquisition of Russian missile defense technology by North Korea are unfounded, Russian ambassador to Pyongyang Alexander Matsegora said on Friday.

Washington published its new missile defense strategy this week and said in the document that North Korea had obtained ballistic technology from Russia and started developing similar missiles to the Russians.

The Russian ambassador to North Korea said that the US goal is to use this rumor for its destabilizing international security policies.

“I would like to declare with all my responsibility that the objections against Russia about the alleged purchase of missile defense technology by the North Koreans from us is completely unfounded. Washington fails to find pretexts for charges against us, and that is why they are inventing another rumor,” said Matsegora.

Meanwhile, a North Korean diplomat arrived in Washington on Thursday and will meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a possible meeting with President Donald Trump to prepare the terms for a second summit between the US and to North Korea.

The diplomat arrived on the same day that Trump unveiled his renewed US missile defense strategy that highlighted North Korea as a continuing and “extraordinary” threat.

Seven months ago, the US president met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Kim Yong-chol, Pyongyang’s top diplomat in denuclearization talks with the United States, is scheduled to meet with Pompeo and could also go to the White House on Friday, according to an anonymous source.

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The North Korean visit may yield an announcement of plans for another summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un, the source said.

It would be a breakthrough for diplomats after months of paralysis.

There was no indication, however, of any approximation of an agreement between the countries. Washington calls on North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. Pyongyang is calling for an end to the sanctions.

Kim Yong-chol, a former hard-line espionage chief, arrived in Washington on a commercial flight from Beijing, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. Yonhap and other South Korean media said he was received at the airport by Stephen Biegun, the US special representative in North Korea.

Pompeo had planned to meet with his North Korean counterpart to discuss a second summit last November, but the meeting was postponed at the last moment.

Diplomatic contact resumed after Kim Jong-un delivered a New Year’s speech in which he said he was willing to meet Trump “at any time.”

Kim Yong-chol was in Washington in June when he delivered a letter from Kim Jong-un to Trump, which paved the way for the summit held in Singapore.

The meeting made a promise to work for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and Trump declared the following day that “there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.”

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