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CONFIRMED: Ukraine will NOT SUE New York Times over alleged N. Korean deals

A father walks with his son along the burnt wreckage of a Ukrainian Armed Forces T-64 'Bulat' battle tank located on a street near Dmitrivka in Oblast Lugansk, Ukraine, 13 September 2014. The street leads to a Ukrainian field camp that was destroyed during a rocket attack by pro-Russian separatists.Photo: Jan A. Nicolas/dpa - NO WIRE SERVICE -

KIEV,  (Sputnik) – The State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU) will not sue The New York Times newspaper for its article about the possible purchase of Ukrainian-produced missile engines by North Korea, SSAU acting chairman Yuriy Radchenko told reporters on Tuesday.

On Monday, The New York Times published an article, citing classified assessments by US intelligence agencies and a study by Michael Elleman, a senior fellow for missile defense with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think tank, which suggested that Pyongyang may be using a modified RD-250 high-performance liquid-propellant engine (LPE) for its latest missiles, the kind that used to be developed at Ukraine’s state-owned Yuzhmash and Russia’s Energomash companies. The article cited Elleman as saying that the engines for North Korean missiles likely came from Ukraine, and probably by illicit means.

“The United States is our strategic partner in space programs … so we are not interested in deteriorating relations with official state bodies. Moreover, we are speaking about the position of a journalist, who is free to say any remarks, not about the position of the State Department or any other department or NASA,” Radchenko said.

From his point of view, the image of Ukraine will not be damaged by The New York Times’ publication.

“I believe that [the image] will not be damaged as the image is based on the developments that the country has in international projects. Experts will give the right assessment,” Radchenko added.

Ihor Savula, the acting chairman of the State Service of Export Control of Ukraine (SSECU), said that the organization had not issued documents allowing the supply of technologies or goods to North Korea.

“During the period of Ukrainian independence, the service has not provided any documents allowing deliveries of goods mentioned in the article to North Korea,” Savula said at a press conference.

He said that all the accusations were unsubstantiated.

“Concerning this publication … It has no grounds. Ukraine is a member of all the regimes of export control including the Missile Control Technology Regime,” Savula added.

Yuzhmash on Monday denied any involvement in North Korea’s space or defense-related missile programs. The aeurospace 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, whereas its only exported, serially-produced engine was designed for use in space and was not suitable for ballistic missiles.

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

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VeeNarian (Yerevan)
VeeNarian (Yerevan)
August 15, 2017

If the US has any sense then they will roast and fry Banderist Ukraine. The only question is whether it should be dry or with oil, and Kentucky or Southern.
Unless, they want their cities targeted by nuclear-armed and accurate North Korean missiles for some strange purpose? It is high time the US and NK end the Korean War once and for all, before it is too late.

Andrew Wilson
August 15, 2017

Oh, so that’s OK then. Nothing happened. The likeness between the Ukrainian missiles and those of the Koreans are a coincidence. Its the kind of thing that could happen with any product at any time.

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
VeeNarian (Yerevan)
Reply to  Andrew Wilson
August 15, 2017

Happens with cars all the time! They look the same! I better go to specsavers!

samo war
samo war
August 15, 2017

ukraine = cia ?

Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka
Reply to  samo war
August 15, 2017

I hope those marines died happy. They died for Henry Kissinger and his tribe. When will the US poor finally turn their guns in the right direction?

Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka
August 15, 2017

Turchynov is a Zio-Nazi liar. Turchynov denied the allegations. Therefore, the allegations are true. Ukrainian Liars of the CIA Quisling regime make things so easy.

7.62x54r
7.62x54r
August 15, 2017

Nazi Ukraine is known for supplying Ukrainian-made plate steel to ISIS/ al-Nusra Front which is used in the construction of suicide VBIEDs in Iraq and Syria. How did that heavy plate steel get to Iraq and Syria avoiding customs? How did the RD-250 engine tech/ parts get to NK?

Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka
Reply to  7.62x54r
August 15, 2017

How did that plate steel get out of the forbidden zone in Chernobyl? And does ISIS know that the Zionist CIA Junta in Kiev are killing them?

Gonzogal
Gonzogal
August 15, 2017

“so we are not interested in deteriorating relations with official state bodies.”

At least he acknowledges that the NYT is an “official state body”!

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