North Korea has likely transferred short-range ballistic missiles to Russia. The South Korean military told reporters about this at a briefing, the Associated Press reports.
In addition, according to Seoul, the Russian army received anti-tank missiles, man-portable air defense systems, missile launchers, mortars and artillery shells.
Pyongyang is seeking to expand cooperation with Russia and China amid lingering security tensions with the United States and domestic difficulties caused by the pandemic. The obvious economic problems of the DPRK are indicated by plans to close some foreign diplomatic missions, notes the Associated Press.
Yesterday, South Korean intelligence reported that North Korea has sent more than one million artillery shells to Russia over the past three months. And last week, Seoul, Washington and Tokyo condemned the alleged supply of North Korean weapons to the Russian army for use in the war against Ukraine.
Moscow and Pyongyang have rejected the accusations as unfounded.
Reports of possible North Korean arms supplies to Moscow began to appear more often after the September visit of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Russia. There he visited key military installations in the Far East, and also met with President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently visited Pyongyang.
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