Ukraine Denies Report Of Supplying Rocket Engines To North Korea

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2017

The latter company has a factory based in Dnipro, Ukraine, located inside a part of the country attempting to break away and join Russian Federation amidst a military conflict, and US intelligence agencies believe the Soviet rockets at use by the North were likely made there as the state-owned factory has struggled, The New York Times reported.

Both Ukraine and the company reacted angrily to The New York Times' account of the report, insisting that Yuzhmash has not produced military rockets since Ukraine's independence and has no links to North Korea's nuclear missile program.

"Ukraine has never supplied rocket engines or any kind of missile technology to North Korea", the secretary of Ukraine's Security and Defense Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, said in an August 14 statement.

"This information is groundless, is provocative in nature and s probably instigated by Russian security services to cover up their own crimes", the Ukrainian official said commenting on the media report.

According to the report, North Korean operatives were known to be seeking missiles in Ukraine.

Pyongyang's missile defense system has made leaps since its launch failures in 2016.

On Sunday, the head of the US Central Intelligence Agency said he would not be surprised if North Korea tested another missile, after it conducted two tests in July.

The Soviet RD-250 family of rocket engines was originally developed in the Soviet Union in the 1960s at a factory based in present-day Ukraine.

"This is not to suggest that the Ukrainian government was involved, and not necessarily Yuzhnoye executives", Elleman wrote in the IISS report.

Russian Federation and China maintain, in relative terms, the closest diplomatic relations to the insular state of North Korea, whose leadership has in recent weeks escalated threats of a potential nuclear attack on the U.S. and its allies South Korea and Japan.

"But the window of opportunity will soon close, so diplomatic action must be taken immediately", said Elleman.

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