North Korea has a bit of a reputation for being an unhinged and manic nation being run into the ground by a deity-like dictator with unfathomable control.
Kim Jong Un, the “supreme” leader of North Korea has long been considered God-like in his own nation, thanks to an all-encompassing ban on information or media from the rest of the globe. Kim controls the narrative, the facts, and the people much in the same way as his predecessors.
This variety of unchecked power has been allowed to fester and ferment in the hermitic kingdom for decades, leading to some of the most unnerving and stunning revelations ever being revealed about North Korea. From a massive famine that killed 3 million citizens, to concentration camps that would make Heinrich Himmler sick to his stomach, North Korea has long been considered an outlier of global society, and a scourge cast upon the rights of any human unfortunate enough to wind up there, by birth or otherwise.
Given all that we know about Kim Jong Un’s mental acumen, temper, and regard for the citizens with whom he is tasked, why on earth would the United Nations ever wish to assist him in the procurement of a deadly chemical weapon?
“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.’”
The lack of oversight of the reclusive North Korean government is already an issue for which the world must atone, however, the U.N.’s blatant disregard for the history of North Korea’s human rights abuses is absolutely appalling. They are effectively giving the keys of a Sherman tank to an inebriated teenager suffering from mental illness.
Sure, Kim Jong Un may be further away from developing a capable nuclear-tipped ballistic missile than he is ready to admit, but that does not mean that the dainty dictator should be in possession of deadly nerve agents.