By Elizabeth Shim
North Korea constructed a munitions plant in Namibia, but the country’s government insists the project is not in violation of past United Nations Security Council sanctions.
Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister and International Relations Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah confirmed that Pyongyang’s engineers were permitted to build the factory but the deal did not break international law, Voice of America reported.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said the Namibian government is not at fault, and that it would cooperate with the U.N. if it were asked to provide data regarding the issue.
The government official added the North Koreans did build the factory, but the Namibian government initiated the project, and the ammunition manufactured on site is not for North Korean use.
The factory was built before the Security Council passed North Korea sanctions, and no North Korea joint projects have been launched since, Nandi-Ndaitwah said. Read more