U.N. helping N.K. produce nerve gas
“The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), has made no mention of the application to the [U.N.] Security Council committee monitoring North Korea sanctions, nor to the U.N. Panel of Experts that reports sanctions violations to the committee, even while concerns about North Korean weapons of mass destruction – and the willingness to use them – have been on a steep upward spiral,” Fox News reported.
What’s the U.N. thinking?
After discovering the application file on WIPO’s internal website open to the public, Fox News informed both U.N. bodies last week about North Korea’s patent application last week.
“Information on the website indicates that North Korea started the international patent process on Nov. 1, 2015 – about two months before its fourth illegal nuclear test,” Fox News’ George Russell informed. “The most recent document on the website is a ‘status report,’ dated May 14, 2017 (and replacing a previous status report of May 8), declaring the North Korean applicants’ fitness ‘to apply for and be granted a patent.’”
Also disclosed on the publicly accessible document is the recipe for making the agent of death.
“A process for the production of sodium cyanide with urea and sodium carbonate as main raw materials comprises: a) step for blending raw materials; b) step for first-order reaction; c) step for second-order reaction; d) step for centrifugal atomization; e) step for agitating and dissolving; f) step for precipitating and filtering; g) step for vacuum distillation; and h) step for centrifugal separating and drying,” WIPO’s abstract reads.
Displaying a publication date in December 2016, the “Process for Production” document lists Jong Hwa Ri of the Sadong District Pyongyang (KP) as the applicant and four of his colleagues at the inventors. With the following closing statement on the abstract, it appears as if the North Koreans are well on their way to completing and possessing the lethal gas.
“High purity (above 98 percent) of sodium cyanide finished product may be obtained,” WIPO’s abstract continued.
And even though the records on the nerve gas have been around for nearly two years, the U.N. is playing dumb to the matter – and is only now recognizing it.
“[The U.N.’s Panel of Experts on North Korea] has no record of any communication from WIPO to the Committee or the Panel regarding such a serious patent application,” the coordinator of U.N.’s international expert team, Hugh Griffiths, told Fox News. “[The Panel of Experts has now officially] opened an investigation into this matter.”
After the matter was publicized and brought to the U.N.’s attention, William Newcomb – who served as U.N. Panel of Experts member for three years, until 2014 – claimed that the United States should be very wary about this uncovered development.
“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.,” Newcomb expressed to Fox News.
One expert who understands the dynamics of the sanctions regime says this discovery changes everything.
“It undermines sanctions to have this going on,” he asserted. “The U.N. agencies involved should have been much more alert to checking these programs out.”
When asked if WIPO had reported the rogue regime’s patent application to the U.N. sanctions committee, the agency’s spokesperson skirted around a direct answer.
“[The organization] has strict procedures in place to ensure that it fully complies with all requirements in relation to U.N. Security Council sanction regimes,” the voice of WIPO responded to Fox News’ question. “We communicate with the relevant U.N. oversight committees as necessary.”
The explanation was considered anything but satisfactory.
“But apparently, help with preparing international patent applications for a sanctioned nerve gas ‘chemical precursor’ does not necessarily count as grounds for such communication – if the Panel of Experts records are correct,” Russell commented.
Sloppy and irresponsible dealings with the international community is nothing new at the U.N., which dubs itself the so-called “Global Peacekeeper.”
“This is by no means the first time that WIPO – led by its controversial director general, Francis Gurry – has flabbergasted other parts of the U.N. and most Western nations with its casual and undeclared assistance, with potential WMD implications, to the bellicose and unstable North Korean regime,” Russell pointed out. “And, as before, how the action is judged may depend upon razor-thin, legalistic interpretations of U.N. sanctions law on the one side vs. staggering violations of, at a minimum, common sense in dealing with the unstable North Korean regime, which among other things has never signed the international convention banning the development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons.”
Meanwhile, North Korea continues to violate international law in the face of the U.N., its apprehensive neighbors and national leaders, who have been standing by as North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un continues to defiantly shake his fist at them.
“While the patent process went on at WIPO, that regime has conducted five illegal nuclear tests – two in the past year, while the patent process was under way – and at least 10 illegal ballistic missile launches since 2016, while issuing countless threats of mass destruction against its neighbors and the U.S.,” Fox News noted. “In 2012, WIPO had shipped U.S.-made computers and sophisticated computer servers to North Korea, and also to Iran, without informing sanctions committee officials. The shipments were ostensibly part of a routine technology upgrade. Neither country could obtain the equipment on the open market, and much of it would have required special export licenses if shipped from the U.S.”
But, as usual – and as it has habitually done with Iran and its renegade nuclear program – the U.N. turned a blind eye and claimed no harm, no foul.
“The report kicked off an uproar, but after a lengthy investigation, the U.N. sanctions committee decided that the world organization’s porous restrictions had not been violated, while also noting WIPO’s defense that as an international organization, it was not subject to the rules aimed at its own member states,” Russell recounted.
Investigators into the matter responded in disbelief as to how WIPO handled the situation.
“We simply cannot fathom how WIPO could have convinced itself that most Member States would support the delivery of equipment to countries whose behavior was so egregious it forced the international community to impose embargoes,” those conducting the probe declared. “WIPO, as a U.N. agency, shares the obligation to support the work of other U.N. bodies, including the Sanctions Committees [and that in response to the furor, WIPO had] implemented new requirements to check on sanctions compliance in advance of program implementation.”
Blind eye to Iran, too?
The U.N.’s policy of appeasement with hostile regimes has by no means started and ended with North Korea, as it has continually advocated allowing Iran to continue its nuclear program – despite numerous reports that it is producing uranium for its nuclear warheads.
Less than a year ago, despite numerous international warnings that Iran’s nuclear program had gone rogue years ago, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon applauded the first-year anniversary of the Obama administration’s Iran Nuke Deal lifting sanctions off the rogue jihadist regime. He said it was a “historic achievement,” and called it “a triumph of diplomacy” for conflict resolution and prevention, and insisted that it strengthened global norms for nuclear non-proliferation.
“Resolution 2231 (2015) heralded a fundamental shift in Iran’s relationship with the Security Council, and provided a defined time schedule for the removal of the Iran nuclear issue from the Council’s agenda,” Ki-moon declared, according a U.N. report.
Ki-moon was all for putting billions of dollars back into the hands of the militant Islamic regime that has housed Muslim terrorists for decades.
“One year on, I remain certain that the JCPOA is the best way to ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program and to realize the great aspirations of the Iranian people,” he said, according to the U.N.
Even though Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly warned U.S. Congress and the international community against the deal – including the time former President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry snubbed meeting with him at the White House in 2015 – U.S., China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom signed onto the deal.
The U.N. leader was more than pleased about the agreement that the U.N. said put a welcome end to one of the U.N. Security Council’s strictest sanctions regimes – a move that it said gave Iran the fresh opportunity for greater engagement with the international community … even though the Islamic Republic previously threatened to destroy the America and Israel, which it calls the “Great Satan” and Little Satan,” respectively.
Ki-moon insisted that the Iran deal was based on mutual respect and mutual benefit, allowing the world to achieve international peace and security – an argument that has been shunned by Netanyahu, whose nation continues to view Iran as its single-most deadly threat.