May 27, 2024

North Korea ‘covertly’ supplying artillery to Russia: State Department

Pyongyang previously denied claims it was exporting arms to Russia but maintained it had ‘lawful right’ to do so

North Korea is sending artillery shells to Russia to use against Ukraine, the U.S. State Department said Wednesday, less than two months after Pyongyang rejected earlier claims it was helping Russia’s war effort but defended its right to do so. 

A department spokesperson told NK News the U.S. has information that indicates North Korea is “covertly supplying Russia’s war in Ukraine with a significant number of artillery shells” while disguising the shipments as bound for the Middle East or North Africa. 

Become a member for less than $4 per week.

  • Unlimited access to all of NK News: reporting, investigations, analysis
  • The NK News Daily Update, an email newsletter to keep you in the loop
  • Searchable archive of all content, photo galleries, special columns
  • Contact NK News reporters with tips or requests for reporting
Get unlimited access to all NK News content, including original reporting, investigations, and analyses by our team of DPRK experts.
Subscribe now

All major cards accepted. No commitments – you can cancel any time.