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​The UK Defense Intelligence Reports on North Korea Becoming a Major Arms Supplier to russia

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North Korean KN-09 multiple launch rocket systems / open source
North Korean KN-09 multiple launch rocket systems / open source

North Korea can become one of russia’s most significant foreign arms suppliers, alongside Iran and Belarus

Despite russia’s official rejection of recent reports, it is almost certain that North Korean munitions have now reached ammunition depots in western russia. These depots support russian military operations in Ukraine, the UK Defense Intelligence reports.

If North Korea sustains the recent scale and pace of military-related shipments (more than 1,000 containers over the last several weeks), it will be on course to become one of russia’s most significant foreign arms suppliers, alongside Iran and Belarus.

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It is currently unclear what russia has agreed to provide North Korea in return. It is unlikely the full package has been finalised; it was highly likely one of the primary discussion topics during recent senior level russian visits to North Korea. It will likely include a mixture of financial compensation, other economic support, the provision of military technology and cooperation on other high technology areas, such as space.

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