March 13, 2007

LEAGUE OF ROGUE NATIONS:

North Korea suspected of using U.N. "as an ATM" (Bay Fang, 3/12/07, Chicago Tribune)

The United Nations Development Programme office in Pyongyang, North Korea, sits in a Soviet-style compound. Like clockwork, a North Korean official wearing a standard-issue dark windbreaker and slacks would come to the door each business day.

He would take a manila envelope stuffed with cash -- a healthy portion of the U.N.'s disbursements for aid projects in the country -- and leave without ever providing receipts.

According to sources at the U.N., this went on for years, resulting in the transfer of up to $150 million in hard foreign currency to the Kim Jong Il government at a time when the United States was trying to keep the North Korean government from receiving hard currency as part of its sanctions against the Kim regime.

"At the end, we were being used completely as an ATM machine for the regime," said one U.N. official with extensive knowledge of the program. "We were completely a cash cow, the only cash cow in town. The money was going to the regime whenever they wanted it."


These are the folks whose permission Democrats want to require before we topple such regimes?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 13, 2007 7:50 AM
Comments

Hey, shouldn't we all be for cutting through the bureaucracy?

Posted by: Barry Meislin at March 13, 2007 8:21 AM

You've ... you've got a nice Development Programme here, Colonel. We wouldn't want anything to happen to it.

Posted by: Brandon at March 13, 2007 10:36 AM

But was it the same ratty old envelope that ended up in Jefferson's refrigerator?

Posted by: KRS at March 13, 2007 9:45 PM

But was it the same ratty old envelope that ended up in Jefferson's refrigerator?

Posted by: KRS at March 13, 2007 9:45 PM
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