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Foreign Ministry denies knowledge of weapons export to N. Korea

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has denied knowledge of exporting weapons to North Korea, ministry spokesman Ján Škoda said on October 6 in Bratislava.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has denied knowledge of exporting weapons to North Korea, ministry spokesman Ján Škoda said on October 6 in Bratislava.

The Associated Press (AP) reported on October 6 that, according to a South Korean official, North Korea has spent $65 million since 2003 to purchase weapons systems from China, Russia, Slovakia and Germany.

Defence Ministry spokesman Vladimir Gemela told the TASR newswire that Slovak companies could export weapons only on the basis of a license issued by the Economy Ministry. As no specifications regarding the type of exported weapons was mentioned, Slovakia isn't able to say which company could have been included in this alleged transaction.

The Economy Ministry says that the AP information comes from unsubstantiated sources and that no license was issued to export weapons to either South or North Korea. But the South Korean official said he obtained the information from his country;s intelligence services, which says they didn't provide him with any such information. TASR

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