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North Korean Missile Engines: Not from Ukraine

| Sep. 12, 2017

A new report points to Ukraine as a possible source of liquid propellant engines (LPE) powering intercontinental-range missiles successfully ground-tested by North Korea last year and flight-tested this year. As the world grapples with the fait accompli of North Korean nuclear and missile capability, the path Pyongyang took to acquire it is of considerable interest, and allegations of aiding it are of serious consequence.

The report, authored by Michael Elleman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, attributes the sudden success of North Korean missile tests to a recent illicit transfer of technology from Russia or Ukraine. Elleman uses visual analyses to identify North Korean missile LPEs as derived from RD-250 engines designed by the Russian Energomash and manufactured by Ukraine's Yuzhmash enterprise....

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Budjeryn, Mariana and Andrew Zhalko-Tytarenko ."North Korean Missile Engines: Not from Ukraine." Atlantic Council, September 12, 2017.

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