Ukraine: New York Times is wrong, we are not selling rocket engines to North Korea
"Ukraine has never supplied rocket engines and any missile technology to North Korea," Oleksandr Turchynov, secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council, said in a statement.
"We believe that this anti-Ukrainian campaign was triggered by Russian secret services to cover their participation in the North Korean nuclear and missile programs," Turchynov said.
Russia and China maintain, in relative terms, the closest diplomatic relations to the insular state of North Korea, whose leadership has in recent weeks escalated threats of a potential nuclear attack on the US and its allies South Korea and Japan.
The New York Times reported that the Ukrainian state-owned factory Yuzhmash had "fallen on hard times" since the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Russian president three years ago as "the Russians cancelled upgrades of their nuclear fleet."
The report also stated that "experts believe it [the factory] is the most likely source of the engines that in July powered the two ICBM tests, which were the first to suggest that North Korea has the range... to threaten American cities." ■