South Korea Raises Alarm Over Increased Shipments from Northern Neighbor

( – In recent developments raising concerns for the ongoing Russia – Ukraine war, South Korea’s Defense Minister Shin Wonsik stated that North Korea has likely shipped thousands of containers to Russia, potentially containing millions of artillery shells. This news comes as reports indicate dwindling ammunition reserves in Ukraine and a potential shortfall in promised military aid from the West.

According to Yonhap News, Minister Shin estimated roughly 6,700 containers have been sent to Russia, with the pace accelerating since a September summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The containers could hold around 3 million rounds of 152 mm artillery shells.

Shin further revealed that Russia is reportedly providing North Korea with food, raw materials, and components for weapons production in exchange for the artillery. This alleged trade deal, fueled by the ongoing war, comes amid escalating tensions between North Korea and the West.

Minister Shin cautioned that if the arms transfers continue, Russia may offer North Korea more advanced military technology, potentially bolstering Pyongyang’s regional threats.

Furthermore, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed concerns about the reported North Korean shipments. He believes North Korea has transferred 1.5 million artillery shells and an unknown number of missiles to Russia, potentially jeopardizing Ukraine’s ability to defend itself.

While both North Korea and Russia have denied any arms transfers, satellite imagery suggests otherwise – the movement of cargo vessels between North Korean and Russian ports. Furthermore, the White House claimed to have tracked some of these shipments across Russia.

This development signals a major shift in the dynamics of the ongoing war in Ukraine. The North Korean-Russian partnership, forged in the crucible of the conflict, draws on Pyongyang’s vast stockpiles of munitions compatible with Russia’s weaponry.

Moreover, the supply of weapons to sustain the war is likely to provide the much-needed economic boost to North Korea – a nation long burdened by international sanctions. This financial gain could potentially allow Kim to avoid future engagements with the West and simultaneously advance his regime’s ambitions regarding spy satellites and nuclear weapons development.

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