UN Rewards Iran With Top Arms Trade Conference Post

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The UN Arms Trade Treaty conference is so shrouded in secrecy that the UN conference website and summary failed to name the 15 members elected, including Iran.  This conference is currently hammering out in secret the details of a treaty on the regulation of trade in small arms that some observers believe will infringe on the Second Amendment rights of American citizens in legal possession of firearms if the Obama administration climbs on board, as it is expected to do.

The United Nations has a long history of feigning displeasure with Iran’s conduct while rewarding Iran at the same time.  For example, a United Nations body, the World Intellectual Property Organization, has reportedly violated UN sanctions itself against both Iran and North Korea by providing computer equipment to the two rogue nations.

“Providing these thugs with sensitive technology has the potential to enable their dangerous agendas,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Relations Committee which is investigating the UN’s flouting of its own sanctions, said in a statement. “This serious offense cannot go overlooked or unpunished.”

This is not an isolated example. The UN bureaucracy system-wide has been operating at cross-purposes with UN sanctions for years to help Iran, through an inter-agency UN team coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It has aided Iran to obtain potential dual-use technology enabling, in the words of a document issued by the United Nations Country Team in Iran, the “transfer of knowledge in science and technology through technology-based services,” programs to “improve technological capacity in industries,” and “joint international research projects.”   This included “advance processing technologies and innovative system design.”

The United Nations Development Programme has worked with the Iranian regime to strengthen its export, import and production capacities. The UNDP’s extensive activities on the Iranian regime’s behalf, and the hard currency pumped into Iran’s economy by the UNDP and its affiliated UN agencies, have operated at cross-purposes with the ongoing efforts by the UN Security Council and Western democracies to isolate Iran from the international financial community.

Iran’s term on the executive board of the UNDP just expired at the end of 2011.  But the gravy train continues in 2012, as the executive board – even without Iran – approved the final country program for Iran.

The United Nations is helpless in trying to quell the violence in Syria and to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions. That’s a given, particularly in light of Russia’s and China’s recalcitrance.  However, does the UN really have to go out of its way to reward Iran in spite of its numerous bad acts?  Apparently so.

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  • oldtimer

    Just another reason to get out of the UN……..

  • Ronald Johnston

    osama obama, the evil terrorist illegal alien, planted here as president by our enemies!!! Anybody who can't see what is happening has his or her head buried in the sand!!!!

  • SAM000

    Iranian Arm dealers are operating freely and openly without no control and restrictions in USA, CANADA, and European countries.
    Some of the very important ex-USA and EU statesmen and state-women have become the Mullahs BROKERS and Lobbies.
    The US EMBASSIES are not interested to be informed about the Iranian Arm dealers.

    The Canadian Authorities provide the VISA and facilities and settlements for the Regime's arm and Nuclear dealers.

  • dougjmiller

    Obviously the UN has outlived it's purpose. The UN was established after WWII to keep the world at peace and prevent more genocides. Unfortunately, for the past few decades it has failed in its mission. The majority of the members are now dictatorships, theocracies and monarchies. So, the free and decent nations should resign and form something of the order of the United Democratic Nations. The people of our small and endangered planet would benefit greatly.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Isreal withdrew, it wasn't because of the UN. And the UN hasn't stopped the kassam rockets.

    His point stands.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    We all care about the Iranian people, just not the leaders that they have.

    Shouldn't you find a nice game to download? You sound so stressed.

  • patriothere

    Israel blockades it. The people of gaza are starving and are treated like cattle and the UN has done nothing to stop the ethnic cleansing going on in gaza. they didn't stop the sanctions in iraq. They don't stop the ivory coast killings. They haven't stopped israel.

  • patriothere

    You're a liar.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Like you? Not so much.

    But thanks, for a muslim activist that's quite a compliment. You do realize I'm not a muslim activist and don't even think lying is the right thing to do, as you do?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Why don't we send thousands of missiles from someplace into iran and see if they don't try to blockaide the supply line.