North Korea

 has now stopped shipping weapons to Russia by sea, which may be due to production and logistics delays in the DPRK.

However, weapons can be transported by rail or airplanes.  

This is stated in an investigation by the South Korean publication NK Pro.

According to the publication, Russian vessels that were engaged in the transportation of weapons stopped appearing in the North Korean port of Rason, where weapons were loaded onto ships, and at the port of destination in the Far East of Russia called "Danube".

According to NK Pro, ammunition was transported to Russia by four ships - Lady R, Angara, Maia-1 and Maria.

These ships made at least 32 flights to the DPRK. 

The Maia-1 last called into the port of Rason in North Korea on February 12, and the Lady R on February 4.

During this time, the delivery of containers to the export berth was also not recorded.

Containers delivered by Maia-1 and Lady R in early February have remained in port for the past weeks.

This suggests that they may be empty or there is no urgent need to deliver them to their destinations in North Korea.

All of these ships are subject to US Treasury Department sanctions for their alleged involvement in the transportation of military equipment and ammunition from North Korea to Russia.

Ships of the Russian Federation in the port of the DPRK / Photo: NK Pro

Ships of the Russian Federation in the port of the DPRK / Photo: NK Pro

Ships of the Russian Federation in the port of the DPRK / Photo: NK Pro

During the Lady R's stay in Vladivostok, the recruitment manager of vessel owner MG-Flot confirmed to NK Pro that the vessel will undergo refits and take on new crew members.

The manager did not say whether the Lady R was expected to visit North Korea, only explaining that the ship would operate on the Vladivostok-North Korea-China route.

"It is possible that the operation was stopped due to production problems in North Korea or other logistical difficulties. It is also possible that the weapons are transferred to Russia by air or rail across the common border of both countries," the article says.

The publication writes that the ships participating in the joint operation between the DPRK and Russia did not turn on the automatic identification system during all shipments to avoid detection.

It will be recalled that

Seoul stunned with a statement about the amount of ammunition that the DPRK transferred to Russia.