Namibia looking to clarify North Korea-built munitions factory

 Namibia-looking-to-clarify-North-Korea-built-munitions-factory.    SEOUL,  The Namibian government is requesting an audience with the United Nations’ North Korea sanctions committee after reports surfaced a munitions factory in the country was built by Pyongyang’s engineers.

A Namibian war veteran speaks to a South Korean filmmaker on a documentary on North Korea. Namibia agreed to the construction of a munitions factory by North Korean engineers, but its government has stated it is not in violation of United Nations sanctions. File Photo courtesy of Onejoon Che
















Local newspaper Namibia Sun reported President Hage Geingob requested the U.N. meeting while in New York for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals high-level conference, Voice of America reported.

In March, Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister and International Relations Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah had confirmed North Koreans were permitted to build the factory but the deal did not break international law.

Namibia had also said the ammunition manufactured on site is not for North Korea use, and that it would cooperate with the U.N. if it were asked to provide data regarding the issue.

The deputy prime minister had also said the factory was built before the Security Council passed North Korea sanctions, and no North Korea joint projects have been launched since that time.

But a report issued by a panel of experts of the U.N. Security Council sanctions committee has stated the construction of the military factory is in violation of international law.

The Security Council has adopted North Korea sanctions since 2004, and passed its first sanctions resolution in 1993.

Between 2002 and 2005, North Korea’s Mansudae Overseas Project group of companies, was involved in the factory’s construction.

Mansudae has also been involved in the construction of Namibia’s defense ministry building and a military school, according to South Korea press. The North Korean firms have connections to Korea Mining Development Trading Corp., or KOMID, which has been tied to arms exports and has been under U.N. sanctions since 2009.

By Elizabeth Shim