US Criticizes UN Agency Accused of Helping N. Korea

Write : 2017-05-19 10:01:44 Update : 2017-05-19 10:12:16

US Criticizes UN Agency Accused of Helping N. Korea

The Voice of America(VOA) reported on Thursday that Washington has criticized a UN agency accused of assisting North Korea with a patent application for a banned chemical agent.
The VOA said U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley on Wednesday issued a statement critical of the World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO, pointing out that sodium cyanide has been banned from being shipped to North Korea by the UNSC.
Haley said it would be a “common sense reaction” for WIPO to inform the UNSC of such patent applications, adding its failure to do so may have dangerous consequences.
Used in making the nerve gas tabun, the chemical has been on a list of banned shipments to North Korea since 2006. However, through recent Fox News reports, WIPO was known to have helped the North’s patent application for its method of producing sodium cyanide since November of 2015.
Fox News said WIPO failed to notify the UNSC committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea or the UN Panel of Experts, which reports sanctions violations to the committee.
Haley said every part of the UN system needs to support the UNSC in its efforts to respond to the grave threat of the North’s weapons of mass destruction programs.
The VOA said WIPO was also accused in 2012 of helping the North by providing the regime and Iran with computers or other goods.
Given that sodium cyanide is also used in the extraction of gold from ores and concentrates, the patent could violate sanctions that prevent the North from obtaining funds, other financial assets and economic resources which could be used in the mass destruction-related programs.  

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