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North Korea continues military shipments to Russia: Bloomberg unveils details

North Korea continues military shipments to Russia: Bloomberg unveils details Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin (Photo:
Author: Daria Shekina

Satellite images taken from October to December reveal a continuous flow of ships from North Korea to Russia. North Korea continues to supply the Kremlin with ammunition, according to Bloomberg.

Military shipments intensified since early October when the United States accused North Korea of sending ammunition to Russia.

The White House provided images, stating that the weapons were later transported thousands of kilometers to a warehouse in the Russian city of Tikhoretsk for use in the war against Ukraine.

North Korea continues military shipments to Russia: Bloomberg unveils details

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"The flow of munitions that the US and South Korea say have included hundreds of thousands of artillery shells could grow far greater in importance as divisions in the US Congress and European Union over military aid threaten Kyiv’s ability to repel Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion," the material reads.

North Korea poses a threat to global security

According to a British security analysis center, North Korea's decision for extensive ammunition deliveries once again underscores the serious threat it poses to international security.

In December, it became known that the Russian container ship Angara, sanctioned by the U.S., was being unloaded at the port of Najin, while containers from North Korea were awaiting loading at the neighboring berth.

North Korea continues military shipments to Russia: Bloomberg unveils details

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Analyst Jaewoo Shin has stated that cargo ship routes to and from Najin (North Korea) and the Danube (Russia) remain steady.

What North Korea has been able to provide to Russia

In November, South Korea's National Intelligence Service informed legislators that around 10 arms shipments from North Korea to Russia had occurred since August.

This involved 1 million artillery shells. North Korea possesses some of the world's largest reserves of ammunition, most of which is compatible with the weapons available to Russia on the front lines.

Weapons expert Joost Oliemans speculated that from North Korea, Russia obtained:

  • 120-millimeter mortars
  • 122-mm and 152-mm artillery shells
  • 122-mm rockets

It is noted that an additional million shells will allow Russia to fire more frequently on the front lines. Currently, Ukraine faces challenges in procuring ammunition for its artillery and may encounter even greater difficulties without assistance from the United States.

North Korea-Russia cooperation

Since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia began, the Kremlin has repeatedly appealed to North Korea to provide ammunition. Eventually, North Korea sent over 1 million artillery shells to Russia.

It should be mentioned that, according to the representative of the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Andrii Yusov, North Korea will not be able to continuously supply Russia in the war against our country.

Representative Matthew Miller from the State Department stated that the United States was concerned about military cooperation between Russia and North Korea.

Recently, according to U.S. intelligence, it became known that Russian ships had regularly visited the North Korean port of Rason since August. North Korea sent around 2000 containers of weapons to Russia.