Ukraine denies selling missile technology to North Korea

Ukraine said on Monday it had never supplied defence technology to North Korea, responding to a New York Times article which quoted experts saying North Korea may have purchased rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory.

“Ukraine has never supplied rocket engines or any kind of missile technology to North Korea,” the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, said in a statement.

According to him, some foreign media began to distribute false information regarding the transfer of missile technology to North Korea by “Yuzhmash”.

“This information is not based on any grounds, provocative by its content, and most likely provoked by Russian secret services to cover their own crimes”, – Mr Turchynov said.

He stressed that Ukraine considers the regime of North Korea “totalitarian, dangerous and unpredictable, and supports all sanctions against this country”. “As well as sanctions against the Russian Federation, the regime of which becomes increasingly similar to the North Korean”, – Mr Turchynov noted adding that since the outbreak of Russian aggression against our country in 2014, “Ukraine completely stopped supplying weapons, military equipment, and military technology to Russia”.

“We believe that this anti-Ukrainian campaign was triggered by Russian secret services to cover their participation in the North Korean nuclear and missile programs”, – Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine summarized.

Source:  Natalia Zinets and Alessandra Prentice/ Reuters

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