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Ukraine war

North Korea sent more than 3m artillery shells to Russia, says Seoul

Moscow seen continuing to help with Pyongyang's spy satellite program

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia's Far East in September. (KCNA via Reuters)

SEOUL -- North Korea has sent 6,700 shipping containers of ammunition to Russia in recent months, potentially providing over 3 million 152-millimeter artillery shells, South Korea's defense chief says.

Russia is expected to continue to provide technological assistance for North Korea's military surveillance satellite program, Defense Minister Shin Won-sik told South Korean media on Monday. Pyongyang is seen launching another satellite as soon as late March, Shin said.

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