REPORT: UN Agency Helped North Korea With International Patent Application For Banned Nerve Gas Chemical
Fox News exclusive report: For over a year, a UN agency out of Geneva helped the North Koreans prepare an “international patent application for production of sodium cyanide which has been on a list of materials banned from shipment to that country by the U.N. Security Council since 2006.”
This shocking new revelation comes at a time when tensions have escalated unlike ever before between the civilized world and the Hermit Kingdom. The chemicals in question are used to make the nerve agent “Tabun”, which is clear, colorless, and tasteless and is in close relation chemically to Sarin, the same chemical used in the recent Syrian gas attacks.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) did not mention that they were assisting North Korea to the Security Council committee that is monitoring North Korea sanctions. WIPO also did not inform the U.N. Panel of Experts that report sanction violations to the committee.
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.”
During all that time, however, 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,” said Hugh Griffiths, coordinator of the international U.N. expert team, in response to a Fox News question.
The Panel of Experts has now officially “opened an investigation into this matter,” he said.
You can read the rest of the extensive report here.