The United Nations has had sanctions against North Korea for many years. Part of those sanctions is that no country involved with them is supposed to be helping North Korea arm themselves with any type of weaponry.
Apparently one Chinese company may have been ignoring those sanctions.
Story. Since China is part of the U.N., they have agreed to implement sanctions per the U.N. Apparently, one state-owned company hasn’t followed through. From the Daily Caller:
While China claims that it fully implements U.N. sanctions against North Korea, one Chinese state-owned company maintained a joint venture with a sanctioned North Korean company for nearly a decade, reports the Wall Street Journal.
China’s Limac Corp. and North Korea’s Ryonbong General Corp. established a joint venture in 2008 to mine tantalum, niobium, and zirconium — materials that can be used in nuclear reactors and missile technology. The U.S. sanctioned Ryonbong for its involvement in the production of weapons of mass destruction in 2005, and the U.N. followed suit in 2009.
The Wall Street Journal reported this from corporate and government records:
For most of the past decade, a Chinese state-owned company had a joint venture with a North Korean company under sanctions for involvement in Pyongyang’s atomic-weapons program, Chinese corporate and government records show.
Sanctions. There is a list of sanctions that have been agreed upon by participating countries in the United Nations. They also provide reports on North Korea’s behavior. The following was found in a report from early 2017:
Continuing violations by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea of its obligation to abandon nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes
Recent nuclear-related activities
Nuclear test of 9 September 2016 10. On 9 September 2016, the Nuclear Weapons Institute of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea announced that the country had conducted a “nuclear explosion test for the judgment of the power of a nuclear warhead newly studied and manufactured”.11 The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive NuclearTest-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) detected “an unusual seismic event” near the location of the previous test.12 The magnitude of 5.113 is the largest among the tests conducted by the country (see figure 2). The waveform characteristics were similar to those from the 6 January 2016 test. 14 The type of device used has yet to be confirmed.
Clearly the world is paying attention to what North Korea is doing and it seems as though there are countries, specifically China who are violating sanctions they agreed to as a member state of the United Nations.
Why this matters? This matters because there are indeed psychopathic leaders in various countries around the world who should never get their hands on weapons of mass destruction. This isn’t just for the safety of the neighboring countries; it’s for the entire world as well.
Why do sanctions matter? Does anything ever happen as a result if a company or country ignores the sanctions, or is it all just for show so they can pretend they are actually doing something? Or are they just telling people? It’s not really clear.
Surely some companies must at least pay fines, but fines are nothing compared to the lives that could be lost if they are helping arm a deranged lunatic.
How is it that a member state can claim to be a partner but then violate the agreement by continuing to help arm the enemy? It’s not really clear.