Sunday, January 18, 2009

Senator Coburn questions Secretary of State nominee Hillary Clinton

Will you permit the UNDP to undermine U.S. interests and international security?

North Korea Central News Agency depiction of attacking the U.S. Capitol

Senator Tom Coburn sent a letter to President-elect Obama's nominee to be the next Secretary of State, Senator Hillary Clinton. The letter raises serious U.S. national security concerns about continuing to conduct U.S. foreign policy through the U.N. Development Program (UNDP). The UNDP, according to State Department and Senate investigations, is a textbook example of the inherent dangers of conducting U.S. foreign policy and foreign aid through the United Nations, which has no accountability, no transparency, and is exempt from the rule of law.

The investigations made several alarming findings. UNDP programs in North Korea suffered from serious managerial deficiencies that resulted in such things as the diversion of aid funds to enrich the North Korean regime, which in turn used UNDP to smuggle money out of North Korea to escape sanctions and enable illicit weapons manufacturing and selling. It is reported in the press that North Korean missile parts were sold to Iran as recently as August 2008, despite the United States’ removal of North Korea from the terror list.

To learn more about this issue, click the link to the letter below or visit the U.N. Watch: the U.N. Development Program section of this website.

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