If you’re a fan of the United Nations, you may wonder why conservatives have constantly wanted to defund it. Well, how about this: According to a new report, U.N. officials in Geneva have been helping the North Koreans patent a process for manufacturing chemical weapons.
Even better? The North Koreans aren’t even supposed to have that chemical weapon, according to U.N. regulations!
Fox News reported on Monday that the World Intellectual Property Organization has been helping Kim Jong Un’s government write a patent application for a production process for sodium cyanide.
That’s one of the major components of tabun, a nerve agent. Stockpiling tabun has been banned by the United Nations since 1993. In addition, sodium cyanide has been banned from export to North Korea by the U.N. since 2006 — since, you know, the Kim family probably isn’t going to be doing anything constructive with nerve agents.
But, hey, you want to produce it? “No problemo,” sayeth the WIPO! According to UPI, they’ve judged the North Koreans as being fit “to apply for and be granted a patent.”
To make matters even worse, the WIPO hasn’t briefed either the United Nations Security Council or the Panel of Experts, which reports sanctions violations. In fact, it was Fox News that notified both bodies of the existence of the patent application after the network’s reporters found documentation online.
Even though the patent process began on Nov. 1, 2015, and the most recent document was dated May 14, 2017 — that was Sunday — the Panel of Experts “has no record of any communication from WIPO to the Committee or the Panel regarding such a serious patent application,” expert team coordinator Hugh Griffiths told Fox News.
I’m not sure which is scarier: the fact that the U.N. Security Council had to be briefed on North Korean sanctions violations, or the fact that it was sitting out in the open on the WIPO’s web page and they didn’t even know about it.
The Panel of Experts has now “opened an investigation into this matter,” which might make you feel good until you realize that these are the guys who didn’t even know the document was online.
“This is a disturbing development that should be of great concern to the U.S. administration and to Congress, as well as the U.S. Representative to the U.N.,” former Panel of Experts member William Newcomb told Fox News.
Well, no duh.
The U.N. has been woefully ineffective when it confronts North Korea about its weapons of mass destruction. How horrid is it that they’re now helping Kim Jong Un’s regime obtain them?
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