In this way, Seoul provides support to its ally, but without violating its commitment not to supply lethal weapons to the kyiv regime, say government sources.
South Korea and a local defense company recently signed an agreement to loan some 500,000 155mm artillery rounds to the US, which is in turn trying to procure more weapons to support Ukraine, it said Wednesday. the Dong-A Ilbo daily.
According to South Korean government sources, by lending the ammunition instead of selling it, Seoul is supporting its ally, in line with the international aid campaigns for Ukraine led by Washington, but without violating its commitment not to supply lethal weapons to kyiv.
At the moment the South Korean Ministry of Defense has not ruled on the matter. From the portfolio they declared that both nations have been exploring ways to help Ukraine, but that details cannot be revealed.
Last November, The Wall Street Journal reported that Seoul agreed to sell artillery shells to help Washington replenish its reserves, but insisted that its “end user” was to be the US Army. Recently leaked Pentagon documents showed that the South Korean government feared that its ally would divert projectiles to Ukraine, reported The New York Times.