What Could Go Wrong? The UN Helped North Korea in Their Quest For Chemical Weapons

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: May 15, 2017 2:30 PM
What Could Go Wrong? The UN Helped North Korea in Their Quest For Chemical Weapons

The United States sends $8 billion to the United Nations each year. The claim is that the funding helps with humanitarian projects, but it also aids America's enemies and tyrannical regimes around the globe. 

The latest example of UN incompetence comes from a panel in charge of patents for nerve gas and other agents that can be used to make chemical weapons. According to an exclusive Fox News report Monday, UN workers have been helping North Korea prepare a patent application for a banned chemical gas. Further, the help was being offered while North Korea was conducting illegal nuclear tests. 

For more than a year, a United Nations agency in Geneva has been helping North Korea prepare an international patent application for production of sodium cyanide -- a chemical used to make the nerve gas Tabun -- which has been on a list of materials banned from shipment to that country by the U.N. Security Council since 2006.

The World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO, has made no mention of the application to the 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 told both U.N. bodies of the patent application for the first time late last week, after examining the application file on a publicly available WIPO internal website.

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. 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.”

After Fox News reporter George Russel told UN officials this practice was occurring, because they were apparently unaware of it, an investigation has been opened to address the situation.

Over the weekend, the North Korean regime fired off a long range missile capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead" and hitting U.S. targets.