In the current global situation, we are beginning to see ever more birds of a feather beginning to flock together, and it has some experts wondering if World War III is right around the corner.
The latest two authoritarian nations to cozy up to one another are Russia and North Korea, with the latter allegedly sending munitions to the former for use in Ukraine.
The White House says North Korea is covertly supplying Russia with a “significant” number of artillery shells for use in Ukraine. John Kirby, the National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, tells CNN that while Pyongyang denied reports in September it was selling weapons to Russia, intelligence indictates that North Korea has sent a “significant number of artillery shells, while obfuscating the real destination of the arms shipments by trying to make it appear as though they are being sent to countries in the Middle East or North Africa.” Kirby said at a briefing Wednesday that the US is monitoring to determine whether the shipments have actually been received.
The US wasn’t too terribly concerned about the what effect the news would have on Putin’s failing invasion.
“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,” Kirby said, per NBC. He said the weapons would not “tangibly change the momentum either in the east or in the south,” where the heaviest fighting is taking place. American officials have described Russia’s attempts to source weapons from North Korea and Iran as a sign of desperation.
The news comes just weeks after the US said it believes that members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard were on the ground in Ukraine, helping to direct attacks using their nation’s “kamikaze” drones.