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North Korea could sell new missiles to Russia, S. Korean defense minister says -Yonhap

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SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea may be close to supplying a new type of missile to Russia and could conduct new weapons tests to raise tensions ahead of South Korean and U.S. elections, South Korea’s defense chief told Yonhap news agency.

“North Korea, which needs money, is actively selling new weapons that Russia needs,” Defense Minister Shin Won-sik told Yonhap on Wednesday.

Shin cited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s visit this week to munitions factories, where he inspected what may be newly developed short-range ballistic missiles capable of delivering tactical nuclear weapons.

North Korea, which previously announced it would deploy the missiles to front-line troops, could sell at least some of them to Russia given its alleged sales of short-range ballistic missiles recently, Shin said.

Kim’s visit to weapons factories comes as nearly 50 countries condemn Russia’s purchase and use of North Korean ballistic missiles against Ukraine.

North Korea could also test intermediate-range solid-fuel ballistic missiles as early as this month and launch a long-range missile to further raise tensions ahead of key elections in South Korea and the United States, Shin added .

South Korea’s general elections will take place in April, while the US presidential elections will take place in November.

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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