‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja


DAILY COURIER – The United States has information that indicates North Korea is covertly supplying Russia with a “significant” number of artillery shells for use in Ukraine, according to White House national security spokesman John Kirby.


Kirby told a virtual briefing that North Korea was attempting to obscure the shipments by funnelling them through countries in the Middle East and North Africa.


“Our indications are that the DPRK is covertly supplying, and we are going to monitor to see whether the shipments are received,” Kirby said, referring to the country by the acronym of its official name, adding that the US would consult with the United Nations on accountability issues over the shipments.


“It is not an insignificant number of shells, but we don’t believe they are in such a quantity that they would change the momentum of the war,” he said.


North Korea said in September that it had never supplied weapons or ammunition to Russia and has no plans to do so.