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No one is sure which country is helping North Korea make its missiles

The Yuzhmash factory let VICE News cameras inside for the first time.

Last year, Michael Elleman, a weapons expert at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, published an alarming claim about North Korea's recent missile gains: they may have been getting technology from a former Soviet factory.

Elleman rooted his analysis in a close examination of the rockets used on North Korea's latest tests, which he found looked a lot like ones that were once made in the Yuzhmash factory, in the eastern Ukrainian town of Dnipro.

But at the factory itself — since rebranded as a space-exploration agency — officials were in a panic. They adamantly denied having anything to do with North Korea. And they let VICE News visit, marking the first time American cameras were allowed inside, in an attempt to prove they had nothing to hide.

This segment originally aired January 8, 2018, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.