Caught in the Act: Namibia Violates North Korea Sanctions?

By April Kent

Namibia is currently facing possible punishment for violating mandatory United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea. On February 29, Vice News reported that a munitions plant was being built by North Korea in Namibia, citing a UN report. Namibia’s Minister of Defense Penda ya Ndakolo initially denied its existence to local Namibian newspaper, Die Republikein. However, the government has now confirmed that North Korea constructed the plant, but insists the project is not in violation of past United Nations Security Council sanctions. The UN has begun an investigation to determine when the plant was built, with the cooperation of the Namibian government.