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Begemot14 Aug 2017 6:00 p.m. PST

From today's New York Times:

"North Korea's success in testing an intercontinental ballistic missile that appears able to reach the United States was made possible by black-market purchases of powerful rocket engines probably from a Ukrainian factory with historical ties to Russia's missile program, according to an expert analysis being published Monday and classified assessments by American intelligence agencies."

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The Kiev government has strenuously denied they have sold rocket engines to North Korea.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse14 Aug 2017 9:56 p.m. PST

That would be so interesting, if the Ukrainian govt was behind it, seeing as how they want the US to defend its independence and they want to join NATO.

That would be extremely ironic.


ITALWARS15 Aug 2017 5:14 a.m. PST

being a puppet Govt …in place (as it was by nazis during WW2) just to threat Russia..i'm not surprised that if you give power to such scum they will have a tendency toward mafia business..even betraying their masters

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 6:13 a.m. PST

Let's raise the bet. The engines were supplied by Russia and the Ukrainian link is a false flag to hide the Russian involvement.

Barin115 Aug 2017 6:50 a.m. PST

Yuzhmash plant has acknowledged that NK was trying to get a hold of the technology, and their director told that the engines are most likely the copies of their former production. He, of course is denying involvement of the plant and personnel in NK missile program.
I seriously doubt that you can easily copy a missile engine. China is still having problems with jet engines and even AK barrels they have stolen from Russia- the right alloys and metallurgy are essential.
If the engines are Ukrainian-made, their number is finite, and the copies will not be to the same spec…

ITALWARS15 Aug 2017 7:20 a.m. PST

VCarter..that's a very interesting point to think about

Barin115 Aug 2017 7:23 a.m. PST

Well, Russia was not supplying weapons to NK for a long time, and, unlike Ukraine, might get a radioactive cloud on its territory in case of military solution of the crisis.
Still, I'm not ruling this option out.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 8:27 a.m. PST

It makes you wonder was else has slipped thru.


VCarter Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 9:33 a.m. PST

More info


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse17 Aug 2017 1:49 a.m. PST


And yet a few weeks ago I was laughed at by some for saying that Cuban shipments of that type have been going on for quite a while.


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