Russia buys millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea

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Russia’s import of weapons from North Korea would be a serious violation of UN sanctions, which seriously jeopardises the integrity of the sanctions regime,” said Aaron Arnold, a counter-proliferation expert who has served in the US government and on a UN panel monitoring North Korean sanctions violations. “Why should other member states, for example, implement UN sanctions if Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council, fails to do so?” Arnold added. “Russia’s actions will also likely hamstring the ability of the UN sanctions committee to conduct its work, as Russia will use its veto to block any meaningful response.”