North Korea has provided Russia with ballistic missiles and missile launchers that were used in recent attacks on Ukraine, the White House said Thursday.

“This is a significant and concerning escalation,” National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told reporters in a briefing.

Russian forces launched at least one of the North Korean-supplied missiles on Dec. 30, which landed in an open field in the Zaporizhzhia region, Kirby said.

Moscow's forces then fired “multiple” ballistic missiles into Ukraine as part of a mass aerial attack on Jan. 2, he added.

Over the holidays, Russia carried out its largest aerial bombardment of Ukraine since the beginning of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.


The United States and its allies will now raise the matter at the UN Security Council as it represents a breach of UN sanctions against North Korea, said Kirby.

Russia also intends to purchase missiles from its ally Iran, said the spokesman.

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