Russia helped North Korea acquire missiles

North Korea was able to develop a ballistic missile with advanced technology acquired from Russia, new documents have revealed.

The secretive state announced on November 29 that it had tested an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capable of reaching all of the mainland of the United States, prompting fresh sanctions against Kim Jong-un's regime.

It has now been claimed that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia sold the technology that it used to develop its own ICBM force to Pyongyang.

The Washington Post reported that after the collapse of a joint US-Russian joint venture to launch satellites using Soviet era missiles, the Russia's began looking for new markets for their technology.

More than 60 Russian missile scientists and family members from the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau were arrested at a Moscow airport in late 1992 as they were about to travel to Pyongyang to work as consultants.

Intelligence officials from the US, South Korea and Russia later concluded some of the scientists eventually succeeded in getting to North Korea to offer missile blueprints and technical advice for, the Washington Post reported.

Brochures from the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau, unearthed by the paper, include an array of Soviet missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads to U.S. cities.

Some of the models offered for sale could be launched from a large boat, a submerged barge, or a capsule dropped into the ocean, and were originally designed for the Russian navy.

The ­Hwasong-10, or Musudan, a missile successfully tested by North Korea in 2016, appears to use the same engine and has many design features of Soviet a submarine-launched ballistic missile designed by Makeyev scientists and advertised in one of the brochures.

David Wright, a missiles expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists told Post: 'The question that has long been raised is: Did North Korea get this technology from a [Russian] fire sale?

'Did they get plans years ago and are just now at the point where they can build these things?

'North Korea was just recently able to acquire machine tools that were state-of-the-art in the 1990s, meaning they are still damn good machine tools.

'Once you have the plans, and are able to get your hands on the materials and the right kinds of tools, you have a real leg up.’ DailyMail

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