Vladimir Putin Said North Korea Has No Nuclear Weapons But ‘Trillions’ In Minerals [Fact Check]
By Shawn Rice
Russian President Vladimir Putin stating that North Korea does not have nuclear weapons, but does possess trillions of dollars in mineral wealth is an unproven claim. While the claim is unproven, there is no strong evidence to suggest that Putin made this comment that the United States is looking to exploit “trillions of dollars” worth of minerals in North Korea. Where did this claim originate?
The disreputable web site Neon Nettle on Aug. 11, 2017, posted the story reporting that Russia’s president made remarks indicating that the United States was threatening war with North Korea not over nuclear weapons, but because of hopes of exploiting “trillions” of dollars worth in minerals supposedly untapped in the normally isolated, autocratic nation.
Neon Nettle attributes the following remarks to the Russian president:
[North Korea] don’t have any nuclear weapons. This is a lie being forced on the people by the corporate-owned Western media.
They know they can easily provoke the North Koreans and they will react, but the story that they are a threat is false. I will tell you the facts about North Korea: They don’t have nuclear bombs. They don’t have Western-controlled banks. They don’t depend on the US dollar. What they do have is a land full of wealth in unmined minerals.
However, there is no evidence that Putin made these remarks, according to Snopes. For one thing, this alleged comment is not found in any other publication outside of the source reference to Neon Nettle, which regularly pushes out conspiracy theories and fake news.
Here are some examples of people sharing the unproven claim on social media.
Putin: North Korea Doesn’t Have Nuclear Weapons, It Has Trillions in Minerals | Neon Nettle https://t.co/tKgFRqt2yM
— Richard Lazzara (@shankargallery) August 12, 2017
— Stjepan Gadže (@StjepanGadze) August 12, 2017
Putin: North Korea Has Zero Nukes, But Trillions in Rare Minerals https://t.co/FYnthq4x8r
— david mitch bertrand (@lanimols13) August 12, 2017
now the truth comes out! https://t.co/qQDhkKEfdu
— XSalsa (@XSalsateam) August 12, 2017
The old weapons of mass destruction again https://t.co/zkhUd7v4zX
— DARREN (@Darren689908) August 12, 2017
— Joe Pryzlucki (@JoeXpressauto) August 12, 2017
Neon Nettle does accurately cite the online business magazine Quartz, which did report that North Korea may be sitting on mineral deposits worth vast sums of money:
Estimates as to the value of the nation’s mineral resources have varied greatly over the years, made difficult by secrecy and lack of access. North Korea itself has made what are likely exaggerated claims about them. According to one estimate from a South Korean state-owned mining company, they’re worth over $6 trillion. Another from a South Korean research institute puts the amount closer to $10 trillion.
With regards to the other part of the claim that North Korea “doesn’t have any nuclear weapons”, it is apparently false, because Pyongyang has …read more
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