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Pivdenmash denies supply of rocket engines to North Korea

It has not manufactured military-purpose rockets and rocket engines since 1991.

Pivdenmash denies supply of rocket engines to North Korea
Photo: yuzhmash.com

Ukraine’s state-owned Pivdenmash (Yuzhmash) plant has not had anything to do with the North Korean space or defense missile programmes, according to a statement published on a company website in connection with the publication by The New York Times of 14 August 2017 "North Korea's Missile Success Is Linked to the Ukrainian Plant, Investigators Say", UNIAN has said.

“The allegations by the publication’s authors and the "expert" they had cited on the possible Ukraine's links with North Korea’s progress in the development of missile technology do not correspond to reality,” the statement says.

“Pivdenmash has never before had and does not have anything to do with North Korean space and defense-purpose missile programmes. Pivdenmash has not produced over the years of Ukraine’s independence and is not producing today any military-purpose missiles and missile systems. The only serial engine, which has been exported in recent years (RD-843, exported to Italy for the European rocket carrier "Vega") has been designed to be launched into and to operate in the open space. According to its characteristics (including the force of traction) is not suitable for use in military-purpose ballistic missiles.

As a state-owned enterprise, Pivdenmash fully complies with the requirements of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), which Ukraine has been a member of since 1998, the statement reads. Pivdenmash has expressed sincere regret over the article, published by The New York Times, which the Ukrainian company calls “provocative in its nature, based on an incompetent ‘expert’ opinion.” As UNIAN reported earlier, The New York Times on August 14 claimed in its article “North Korea’s Missile Success Is Linked to Ukrainian Plant, Investigators Say” that powerful rocket engines for N.Korean missiles had been purchased on the black market, most likely from a Ukrainian plant “with historical ties to Russia’s missile programme.” Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov called the reports on the Ukrainian missile technology supplies to N.Korea “intrigues of the Russian intelligence.”