Rogozin Bashes Claims of Ukrainian Rocket Engines Being Copied by Third Parties

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Russian deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday it is impossible to copy Ukrainian-made rocket engines without the help of Ukrainian specialists, commenting on suggestions that North Korea could have created copies of engines manufactured by Ukraine's Yuzhmash company.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Alexander Degtyarev, general designer of the Yuzhnoye design office, said earlier that a certain country could have succeeded in copying Ukrainian rocket engines used in North Korean ballistic missiles.

"What does "copies of engines" mean? After all, it's not a picture or a sculpture. To make a 'copy' one must have either the original engine or its detailed drawings. And it would be impossible without the Ukrainian specialists capable and ready to set up production on someone else's premises," Rogozin said in his Twitter blog.

"One way or another, it certainly involves smuggling in order to bypass all existing international bans," he stressed.

On July 4, Pyongyang announced the successful launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Hwasong-14, which traveled 933 kilometers (580 miles) before falling into the Sea of Japan. Two days after, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the United States was prepared to use the full range of capabilities, including military options, to defend the country and its allies against North Korea. - Sputnik International
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The scandal over Ukraine's alleged supplies of missiles' parts to North Korea was triggered by The New York Times newspaper piece on Monday. The paper suggested that Pyongyang could be using a modified RD-250 high-performance liquid-propellant engine (LPE) for its latest missiles, the kind that used to be developed at Yuzhnoe and Russia’s Energomash company.

The article, citing the study by Michael Elleman, senior fellow for missile defense with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think tank, claimed that the engines for North Korean missiles likely came from Ukraine, "probably illicitly."

The representatives of the Ukrainian establishment, including the country's prime minister, denied the report.

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