North Korea has sent thousands of weapons and ammunition to Russia for the country's use in the ongoing Ukraine war, according to new reports.
While it is unclear how much material each container holds, images obtained and recently released by the National Security Council show that they are full-sized shipping containers.
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said in a statement to reporters via a phone call, "Our information indicates that in recent weeks, North Korea has provided Russia with more than 1,000 containers of military equipment and munitions."
"We condemn the DPRK [the official name of North Korea] for providing Russia with this military equipment, which will be used to attack Ukrainian cities, kill Ukrainian civilians, and further Russia’s illegitimate war," Kirby added in his statement.
The NSC spokesperson further said that these arms deals between the Kremlin and North Korea directly violate a series of United Nations Security Council resolutions. "Which is why we will continue to aggressively raise these arms deals at the UN alongside with our allies and partners," he said.
Paranoia regarding a potential military alliance between North Korea and Russia intensified when the North Korean dictator made a visit to Russia aboard his "pleasure train" in September. With the news of the isolationist nation finally delivering arms and munitions to the Kremlin, that fear has solidified into reality.
According to US Intelligence, as reported by the New York Post, some of the equipment began its journey in the North Korean port of Najin on September 7 and arrived in the Russian coastal city of Dunay five days later.
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It was then transported by train across Russia to an ammunition depot near Tikhorestsk, which is less than 300 miles east of the Crimean Peninsula, on October 1.
Kirby also mentioned that the US administration is also increasingly concerned about the help North Korea might get from Russia in return for the massive amount of arms and ammo.
"We assess that Pyongyang is seeking military assistance from Russia including fighter aircraft, surface-to-air missiles, armored vehicles, ballistic-missile production equipment or other materials and other advanced technologies," said the NSC spokesperson, adding that US Intelligence is closely monitoring Russia's "help" to North Korea.
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"We have already observed that Russian ships are offloading containers in the DPRK, which may constitute the initial deliveries of material from Russia... This expanding military partnership between the DPRK and Russia, including any technology transfers from Russia to the DPRK, undermines both regional stability and the global non-proliferation regime," Kirby said.
It is worth noting that the US unveiled this intel while North Korea criticized the arrival of a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in South Korea on Thursday, October 12. North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency called the move "an undisguised military provocation" by the United States.
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