March 01, 2024
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Proliferation blame: the Ukraine-Russia spat over N. Korean missiles

Reports of Kyiv's role in Pyongyang's rocket program are being loudly embraced in Moscow

The fundamentally regional nature of tensions surrounding the DPRK's weapons procurement and development has recently taken a new turn. Ukraine, a country on the opposite end of the Eurasian landmass, has found itself embroiled in a controversy over whether or not it had a major role to play in assisting with the development of North Korea's ballistic missile capabilities.

The scandal over the ultimate source of North Korea's missile technology – primarily over the question of whether it was Russia or Ukraine – follows diplomatic disagreement between Russia and the United States over whether or not the DPRK did indeed launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in July.

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