Uranium Concerns: From Namibia to North Korea And Everything in-Between

By Scott Morgan

The ongoing series of tests in North Korea regarding both the Ballistic Missile Program and the recent Nuclear Test has some people in Washington wondering where they are getting their fuel from.

Eyes have turned to Central Africa yet again. History tells us that the Belgian Congo was the source of Uranium for the Bomb that the US dropped on the Japanese City of Hiroshima. Once again, the US is eyeing this region for different reasons. The porous security and dubious bookkeeping in the mining sector of the Democratic Republic of the Congo make this a prime candidate to be a source of Uranium to North Korea.

Earlier this year, several ingots of processed Uranium were seized in Kinshasa. It was not known what the ultimate destination was for this material; however, the North Korean Military does have a presence in the region and it is plausible for the ultimate destination to be the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. However raw, unprocessed ore is shipped to Walvis Bay in Namibia whereupon it enters the Market. 

Namibia has been a long standing ally of Pyongyang. Would they be willing to circumvent any sanctions program that has been levied? It is possible for this to actually take place. But someone has to investigate this to determine whether or not it is actually taking place.

But this is not the only location that the Inspectors should actually keep an eye on. Somalia is another country with unique reporting regarding the Mining Industry. Recent reports indicate that Al-Shabaab is in control of at least one Uranium Mine in the Country. But the group has issued a statement reporting that whatever Uranium is mined will not be sent to Iran. If not Iran then where is it heading? Possibly Turkey or even Pakistan. 

With the close ties between Pakistan and North Korea when it came to a Nuclear Weapons program -this is also within the realm of possibilities. The Intelligence Services of the US, and its allies, may have to work overtime tracking both of these routes before its too late.

(Image: Uranium - Google Images)

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  1. This is good article! Before going to war perhaps we go after Namibia, South Africa, and other countries involved in this network? Sanctions against North Korea will not work, we must send message that anyone doing business with Pig Jong-Un will suffer the consequences.

  2. Scott, superb article. It makes us wonder why on earth no one has gone after Namibia, and other interesting states in the Tri-corridor, doesn't it? We have known for years about the Namibia-DPRK, and since Ahmadinejad visited the country a couple of years ago we knew that even Iran, under sanctions, was acquiring uranium from Namibia to develop her own nuclear programme. There is a pattern here, so why didn't the world go after Windhoek?

  3. This is a perfect complement to Max's past posts, in my personal opinion so kudos for that. I agree with the previous comments, perhaps we need a broader diplomatic action against Namibia and all the others who do business with North Korea. We have to send a firm message that we won't tolerate rogue countries to menace us! We gave all these countries a pass for far too long.


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