North Korea barters artillery for food from Russia

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has sent “at least several million shells” to Russia in exchange for food supplies, according to one of South Korea’s top officials.

“You can say that at least several million shells have been sent,” South Korean Defense Minister Shin Won-sik told South Korea-based reporters.

Shin’s assessment put a spotlight on the scale of military aid that Russian President Vladimir Putin has obtained from foreign sources at a time when American aid to Ukraine remains blocked by a political standoff in Washington. And although much of the international discussion of Russia’s partnership with North Korea has focused on potential technology transfers, Kim seems to be prioritizing a more mundane but critical issue.

“It seems that food accounts for the largest proportion (of shipments from Russia), which
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