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Congress to Investigate Alleged UN Computer Shipments

July 7, 2012

WIPO LogoThe Hill reports that the House Foreign Affairs Committee in launching a probe into the alleged sale of computers and other technology by a UN agency to Iran and North Korea.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was first reported in April to have possibly violated UN sanctions by selling computers to North Korea. Part of WIPO's mission includes assisting developing countries with building their intellectual property infrastructure. Legal counsel for WIPO told Bloomberg Newsthat its activities in Iran and North Korea "did not include the type of technology or training prohibited by the UN Security Council resolutions for the said countries."

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement: "The revelation that a UN agency has been supplying the brutal regimes in Iran and North Korea with sensitive technology is deeply disturbing, and must be thoroughly investigated.  Providing these thugs with sensitive technology has the potential to enable their dangerous agendas.  This serious offense cannot go overlooked or unpunished."