South Korea says policy of not providing lethal weapons is unchanged

South Korea said Friday its position of not providing lethal weapons to Ukraine remains unchanged, despite ammunition trade talks taking place between the United States and South Korea.

Negotiations are ongoing between the US and Korean companies to export ammunition, in order to make up for the shortage of 155mm ammunition inventories in the US. This is being done under the premise that the US is the end user,” the South Korean defense ministry said in a statement.

“The government policy of not providing lethal weapons to Ukraine has not changed.” 

Some context: South Korea’s statement comes after The Wall Street Journal reported, citing US officials familiar with the deal, that Seoul had agreed to sell weapons to the US that would be destined for Ukraine.

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