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Kiev Finds No Evidence of Ukraine's Involvement in N Korean Missile Program

Sputnik News

19:02 22.08.2017(updated 19:08 22.08.2017)

Ukraine's working group studying the New York Times article on Kiev's involvement in the acquisition of missile technologies by North Korea has confirmed that the country was not involved in the alleged transfer, according to a report of the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to President Petro Poroshenko.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Ukraine did not provide any permits for supplies of military and dual-use goods, in particular RD-250 rocket engines, their modifications and accessories to them to North Korea, the report seen by Sputnik says.

"Summarizing the above and taking into account the proposal of the interdepartmental commission and the materials of the state bodies on the issue raised, the working group unanimously came to reasoned conclusions that completely refute Ukraine's involvement in the implementation of programs for the development of North Korean ballistic missiles," the report said.

"The working group states that the existing system of state export control over international transfers of military and dual-use goods excludes the possibility of transferring such goods to countries sanctioned by the UN Security Council… [Ukraine] did not provide permits for deliveries of any military and dual-use goods, in particular RD-250 rocket engines, their modifications and accessories, to North Korea," Oleksandr Turchynov said in the report published on the NSDC website.

Ukrainian experts analyzed images of Hwasong-12, Hwasong-14 rockets, in particular the main single-chamber engine of the first stage, and stated that "they do not use the RD-250 rocket engine, which is a two-chamber engine," the report said.

At the same time, NSDC did not exclude the possibility of the use of separate components of the RD-250 rocket engine for the creation of North Korean rockets.

Meanwhile, Poroshenko ordered the country's Foreign Ministry to initiate a discussion on the issue of Kiev's non-involvement in the reported transfer of missile technologies to North Korea at a session of the UN Security Council (UNSC).

"Taking into account the findings of the commission I instruct the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to arrange a group of experts and to initiate the consideration of this issue by the UN Security Council in a closed meeting," Poroshenko said, as quoted by the Ukrainian presidential press service after being informed about the findings of the working group.

The Ukrainian leader added that the results of the working group's activities should be made public and brought to notice of Kiev's foreign partners.

On August 14, The New York Times newspaper reported, citing an expert analysis and classified assessments by US intelligence agencies, that North Korea's successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launches may be due to possibly illicit purchases of missile engines from Ukraine's state-owned aerospace manufacturer Yuzhmash.

A number of Ukrainian officials and departments have already denied the reports, but ordered probe into the issue.


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