• Russian scientists may have provided North Korea with the designs for its newest missiles back in the 1990s.
  • The US could have prevented the transfer of these designs had it granted US investors a waiver to embark upon a joint venture with Russia to turn old submarine-launched missiles into space boosters.
  • The UN’s new sanctions might not stop the North’s missile program, as Pyongyang has slowly learned how to manufacture the parts needed to build the missiles.

Russian scientists may have provided North Korea with the designs for its newest missiles back in the 1990s, according to the Washington Post.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, scientists who helped build Soviet missiles and nuclear weapons were in need of money and without other prospects, the Post reported. Following a failed joint venture with US investors to turn submarine-launched missiles into space boosters, Russian scientists at the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau sought other avenues.

 

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