Washington – The Russian Defense Ministry is trying to buy millions of missiles and artillery shells from North Korea for the ongoing war against Ukraine, the AP agency reported, citing US intelligence.
A U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Russia’s turn to the isolated North Korean state was a sign that “the Russian military continues to suffer from a lack of supplies to Ukraine as a result of export controls and sanctions.”
US intelligence officials believe that Russia may try to acquire more North Korean military equipment in the future. The New York Times was the first to report on these findings.
The knowledge of the North Korean purchases comes after the Biden administration recently confirmed that the Russian military had taken delivery of Iranian drones intended for deployment on the Ukrainian battlefield. But the White House said last week that the first delivered Iranian drones were faulty. At the same time, Moscow planned to buy hundreds of drones.
The DPRK is trying to strengthen its relations with Russia and criticizes the United States and the West for “hegemonic policies” as a justification for Russia’s campaign against Ukraine. Pyongyang has also expressed interest in sending construction workers to help Russia rebuild occupied territories in eastern Ukraine. In July, the DPRK became, apart from Russia and Syria, the only country to recognize the independence of the separatist Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, AP recalled.
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