Moscow has demanded an apology over reports of missile shipments to North Korea


In the absence of evidence of deliveries of Russian components for the DPRK launched missiles, South Korea should refute this information, said the Director of the Department for non-proliferation and arms control of the Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov.

“If the Korean side, the Korean media have any reason to suspect us in the supply of components, evidence should be present. If there is no evidence, then appeal formally to disavow these insinuations and ask for forgiveness, preferably in public,” he said at a press conference (quoted by TASS).

Ulyanov noted that “with indignation I read in the press about the insinuations of the South Korean intelligence.” “That irresponsible and unprofessional. Without clear evidence to throw such accusations,” he said.

Sunday, 7 February, the DPRK announced the successful launch of the rocket which put into orbit a satellite designed to track with the Ground. This was criticized by several countries — in particular, China, USA, Russia. In Moscow said the “defiant disregard for international law” by North Korea.

The Pentagon and the South Korean army announced the start of negotiations for placement on the Peninsula of advanced missile defense systems the United States. The UN Security Council on the outcome of the emergency meeting convened after the launch, promised in the near future to impose new North Korea sanctions.

The next day the representative of the conservative party of South Korea Senor Lee Cheol-Woo said that some of the details for the launched missiles allegedly received from Russia. He cited South Korean intelligence. Other details he did not lead.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin called this information is anecdotal, and compared statements by South Korean intelligence from the “Armenian radio”.