Obama Sanctions North Korea's Arms Dealers, Rewards Cuba's

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Last week, President Obama sanctioned North Korea's regime for launching a cyber-attack against a Hollywood studio.

The sanctions target three North Korean entities -- Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB), Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation (KOMID) and Korea Tangun Trading Corporation -- which are responsible for the Kim regime's illicit arms trade.

However, just two weeks before, it rewarded North Korea's largest-ever caught arms supplier -- Cuba's Castro regime.

For those who may not remember -- or like to obviate the facts -- in July 2013, the Castro regime was caught red-handed smuggling 240 tons of heavy weaponry to North Korea's regime through the Panama Canal. Many similar undetected shipments are suspected.

This arms shipment, which was found to be in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, is the largest cache to (or from) North Korea ever intercepted.

Moreover, it was the first time in modern history that a nation in the Western Hemisphere was found in violation of international sanctions.

Yet, the Castro regime got away scot-free.  

We now know that while such illicit trafficking was taking place, the Obama Administration was making secret entreaties to the Castro regime.  No wonder it (irresponsibly) turned a blind-eye.

Surely, hacking a Hollywood studio is sanctions-worthy.  But so is trafficking 240 tons of illegal weapons through the Panama Canal, including fueled MiG fighter jets -- also in violation every shipping safety norm -- which could have caused a massive disruption to global commerce.

At the time, it was described as an affront to "global security" by Vice-President Joe Biden.

Despite this, the Obama Administration is now rewarding the same Cuban military entities (a conglomerate known as GAESA), which were responsible for smuggling arms to North Korea.

These Cuban military entities are the owners of Cuba's hospitality industry, and as Hotels Magazine recently documented -- are the largest Latin American tourism conglomerate.

They are the overwhelming beneficiaries of every American "people-to-people" traveler that goes to Cuba.

These American travelers all stay at GAESA's five-star hotels, dine at their restaurants and party at their nightclubs.

Yet, rather than getting sanctioned (like their North Korean partners) -- they will be sent more customers by President Obama.