North Korea recently provided Russia with a shipment of weapons. This was stated by White House National Security Advisor John Kirby. He called the event alarming and expressed concern about the expansion of military relations between Moscow and Pyongyang.
The White House released a photo that allegedly shows a shipment of ammunition from a warehouse in the DPRK. The weapons were loaded onto a Russian-flagged ship and sent to a warehouse on Russia’s southwestern border. According to Washington, the delivery took place between September 7 and October 1.
New satellite data shows a sharp increase in rail traffic along the North Korea-Russia border. This may indicate that the DPRK is actively supplying ammunition to Russia, the American side claims.
The first reports of a possible military partnership between Moscow and Pyongyang emerged last month when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un traveled to Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin and visit key military installations in the country’s Far East. The US intelligence community suspects Kim Jong Un wants sophisticated Russian weapons technology in exchange for ammunition to further his nuclear program.
According to the US Center for Strategic and International Studies, satellite images as of October 5 recorded an unprecedented level of freight car traffic at the Tumangan border station. The images show about 73 cars, while a review of previous satellite images over the past five years showed no more than 20 cars at the station, Voice of America reported.
Moscow has not yet commented on the White House message.
In the summer, the Financial Times reported that the DPRK weapons were also used by the Ukrainian army to attack Russian positions. Military officials told the newspaper that North Korean ammunition often misfires or fails to explode. Judging by the markings, they were manufactured in the 1980-1990s.
The artillerymen interviewed by FT did not clarify where Ukraine got its North Korean missiles. The military said that the ammunition was seized from the ship by a friendly state. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense suggested that the North Korean missiles could have been captured.
At the end of last year, US authorities announced the transfer of weapons by North Korea to the Wagner PMC. The Russian Foreign Ministry then rejected Washington’s accusations, calling them lies from beginning to end.
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