19:21 22.08.2017

Poroshenko initiates UN SC consideration of Ukraine's non-involvement in North Korea's missile program

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has instructed the Foreign Ministry to prepare the issue of Kyiv's non-involvement in the missile program of North Korea for consideration at the United Nations Security Council, the presidential official website said.

"In light of the conclusions made by the commission [the inter-agency commission for the policy of military-technical cooperation and export control] I want to instruct the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine to prepare a group of experts and initiate consideration of this matter at a closed UN Security Council session," Poroshenko said after hearing a report on the results of a working group which checked into the information contained in the New York Times article dated August 14, 2017.

"Separately, it is necessary to publish the conclusions of the working group and the inter-agency commission [for the policy of military-technical cooperation and export control], inform our international partners and initiate a similar inquiry by appropriate countries. The same kind of openness must primarily be demonstrated by the Russian Federation," Poroshenko said.

The secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council and head of the working group, Oleksandr Turchynov, reported to the president that, in accordance with his instructions, the group and the inter-agency commission checked the New York Times information of a possible transfer by the Production Association Pivdennyi Machine-Building Plant of missile technologies, in particular RD-250 rocket engines, to North Korea.

"Based on the results of the work carried out, and the materials provided by the state authorities, the working group states: the existing system of state export control over international transfers of military and dual-purpose products excludes the possibility of such products being transferred to the countries against which the UN Security Council introduced relevant sanctions," Turchynov said.

Ukraine has honored its international obligations in good faith and consistently, in particular, by operating a state mechanism of control over implementation and verification of international obligations assumed under the Treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and control over missile technologies, the NSDC secretary said.

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