Ukraine could have sold missile engines directly to North Korea

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday it is possible that either details about Ukrainian missile engine technologies were leaked to North Korea or Kiev sold the engines to Pyongyang directly.

The New York Times published an article on Monday suggesting that Pyongyang may be using a modified RD-250 high-performance liquid-propellant engine (LPE) for its latest missile. According to a study by Michael Elleman, which was quoted in the story, such engines used to be developed at Ukraine's state-owned Yuzhmash and Russia’s Energomash companies. Elleman said as quoted the engines for North Korean missiles likely came from Ukraine, and probably by illicit means.

"There was either a leak of information, or a direct sale of the engines. It would have been difficult [to produce engines] without experts, who should be on the site and organize the production," Rogozin told the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.

Yuzhmash, as well as the State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU), has denied any involvement in North Korea's space or defense-related missile programs. The aerospace manufacturer also pointed out that it had produced neither missiles nor missile systems since Ukraine became an independent state after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Alexander Turchinov also said Monday that Ukraine's defense and aerospace companies did not supply any weapons or military technologies to North Korea.

According to Sputnik

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