Yuzhmash doesn’t manufacture missiles for Russia, nor does it deliver missiles, their parts, and assembly units to this country. This is the official statement of the company in response to the New York Times publication North Korea’s Missile Success Is Linked to Ukrainian Plant, Investigators Say.
“YUZHMASH has never had and does not have anything to do with North Korean missile programs of space or defense nature. Missiles and missile complexes of military use in the years of Ukraine's independence have not been and are not being produced by YUZHMASH. The only serial engine, which has been sent for export in the recent years (RD-843 to Italy for the European carrier rocket "Vega"), has been designed to launch and operate in the open space and by its characteristics (including the force of traction) is not suitable for use in ballistic missiles for military purpose,” the message informs.
The company goes on to say, that Yuzhmash, as a state-owned enterprise, fully complies with the requirements of the Missile Technology Control Regime, which Ukraine has been a member since 1998 (in fact, since 1995).
“YUZHMASH expresses sincere regret over the article, published by The New York Times, which is of provocative nature, based on an incompetent "expert" opinion. The position of a number of Ukrainian media that allowed the dissemination of fantasies, which are discrediting YUZHMASH and Ukraine, without attempts to clarify information directly from the enterprise, is also upsetting,” the message sums up.
As it was reported earlier, an article was published in the New York Times, alleging that the ICBMs that North Korea tested recently, could have used engines that had been delivered from Ukraine, probably illicitly.