A United Nations agency in Geneva has been helping North Korea make a international patent for production of sodium cyanide. This is a chemical used to make the nerve gas Tabun.
Tabun has been on a list of materials that have been banned from shipment to that country by the U.N. Security Council since 2006.
According to Fox News, this 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 Panel of Experts have officially “opened an investigation into this matter.”
“This is a disturbing development that should be of great concern to the U.S. administration and to Congress, as well as the U.S. Representative to the U.N.,” William Newcomb, a member of the U.N. Panel of Experts for nearly three years ending in 2014, told Fox News.
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