by George Russell at Fox News
The United Nations agency that shipped American-made computers and
sophisticated servers to North Korea is now attempting to avoid a
thorough investigation that includes why the goods were shipped without
either notifying United Nations sanctions committees that are trying to
block the country’s nuclear weapons program, or the U.S. government.
The probe, announced on Aug. 9 by the Geneva-based World
Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO, was advertised at the time
as a “full independent external inquiry” to determine whether WIPO acted
in violation of U.N. sanctions against North Korea, which continues to
ignore worldwide demands that it curtail its quest for a deliverable
nuclear bomb. The shipment by WIPO of Hewlett Packard computers and
servers to North Korea was first reported by Fox News.
The U.S. government, in particular, says it wants to know how it
happened that neither U.N. sanctions committees nor other member-states
of WIPO – including the U.S. -- were informed in advance of the shipment
of U.S.-manufactured equipment, which was sent from China to Pyongyang
by the United Nations Development Program.