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Russia Is buying North Korean artillery, according to U.S. intelligence

By Julian E. Barnes

06 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

A New York Times investigation reveals the extent of Russia's military and political isolation—and growing dependence on pariah states like North Korea.

WASHINGTON — Russia is buying millions of artillery shells and rockets from North Korea, according to newly declassified American intelligence, a sign that global sanctions have severely restricted its supply chains and forced Moscow to turn to pariah states for military supplies.

The disclosure comes days after Russia received initial shipments of Iranian-made drones, some of which American officials said had mechanical problems. U.S. government officials said Russia’s decision to turn to Iran, and now North Korea, was a sign that sanctions and export controls imposed by the United States and Europe were hurting Moscow’s ability to obtain supplies for its army.

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