UN accountants to audit North Korean program

An external audit is to be conducted of the UN Development Program in North
Korea after the US alleged it had funneled millions of dollars into its despotic
leader, Kim Jong Il’s

A spokesperson for UN secretary-general
Ban Ki-moon
said the audit would initially focus on UNDP spending in North Korea and would
then be expanded to other UN agencies.

It is to be carried out by UN’s
Board of Auditors, which is
comprised of accountants from eight UN members.

The announcement came after US deputy ambassador Mark Wallace alleged that
the UNDP’s North Korea operation had been run ‘in blatant violation of UN rules’
for years.

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