Got uranium?

By Anthony C. LoBaido

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Democratic Republic of the Congo’s most notorious criminal gang is hoping to acquire uranium it can peddle to Iraq’s Saddam Hussein for use in building a nuclear weapon, according to members of the gang interviewed by WorldNetDaily.

Democratic Republic of the Congo is suspected of being the first outpost of uranium rapprochement with Iraq. The second, say international security specialists, is South Africa. South Africa has a long-standing relationship with Saddam, dating back to the apartheid regime and accelerating with the rise of the ANC in 1994.

WorldNetDaily encountered an odd pair in covering this story: Milo Sweet and Kim Jung Min. Sweet is tall, black and from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly known as the pro-West Zaire. Kim is short, wears thick glasses and hails from North Korea. Both are members of the Congo militia known as the Mayi-Mayi. Embroiled in the Congo’s horrific civil war, the Mayi-Mayi has been celebrated for its brutal fighting skills. Members come from different backgrounds but share a common interest: uranium.

In an age of globalization, it should come as no surprise that the hermetic Stalinist kingdom of North Korea has a notorious, if not long, history in Africa. It is a history that stretches back to the early 1980s, when its special forces orchestrated Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe’s massacre of 30,000 Matabele tribesmen who opposed his rule. North Korean special forces were in the news again recently when they sought to dig for uranium in the world’s largest uranium mine in the Congo. The CIA reportedly had them deported.

Sweet, sporting a cellphone and driving a BMW, says he has come to South Africa looking to make a deal for uranium. The deal he and the Mayi-Mayi seek is well-known to political analysts and even to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Blair’s dossier on Iraq included information about Iraq searching for African-produced uranium.

The fact that Iraq has long been hiding weapons of mass destruction in Algeria, Sudan and Libya was revealed in a special report presented to the U.S. Congress and reported by WorldNetDaily.

Yet this is the first time that Iraq has been so brazen about acquiring uranium ahead of the likely U.S.-UK attack on Baghdad. Botswana, where the British SAS carry out their desert warfare training, Zambia and the Central African Republic all have vast uranium deposits. Niger alone exported over 3,000 tons of uranium last year.

Just how did Sweet manage to make it into South Africa? He admits passing through the “Nyoka Ya Ndzilo,” or the “Snake of Fire,” an electrified fence the ANC is considering re-electrifying on the border of Mozambique.

“It’s 30,000 volts,” Sweet told WorldNetDaily, speaking of the fence. “About 4 million Zimbabweans have fled Mugabe’s famine and come to live in South Africa. What’s one more person? Of course, uranium can produce a bigger jolt than that fence.”

Sweet told WND that leaders of the Mayi-Mayi have traveled to Iraq, selling diamonds, gold and other products from the Congo, which is rich in natural resources.

For Kim, the art of the deal carries a different kind of charge. It is the chance to carry out what he believes is his destiny. “Heck jung jang,” he calls it in the Korean language.

“Nuclear war.”

“Modo tomangcheeta … Cheju-do,” he said jokingly, referring to the fact that if North Korea attacked Seoul with nuclear weapons, all of the South Koreans would have to “run away to the extreme southern island of Cheju.”

Kim, who has a degree from the University of Pyongyang in nuclear engineering, said he and other North Korean geologists, engineers and special forces were flown to the Congo region of Shinkolobe, where they were expecting to mine uranium for North Korea’s fledgling nuclear program.

He explained to WorldNetDaily the process of constructing an atomic bomb.

“A nuclear weapon is extremely complex. One needs a lithium deuteride shield to keep the Uranium 238 jacket stable. But it is the krytron switches that are the most difficult to manage. Without the switches, it doesn’t matter how much fissionable material you have. Unless, of course, one wants to make a dirty bomb.”

Asked about his moral compunction in dealing with uranium and nuclear war, Kim asked WorldNetDaily, “Why shouldn’t we (North Korea) or Iraq have an atomic bomb? Why should only the Afrikaners or Israelis or Ukrainians, Brits or the Americans have it? I’m not saying it’s right to use nuclear weapons. They are most effective when not used. War is merely, as von Clauswitz said, ‘politics carried out by other means.'”

Kim continued, “I am only interested in money. I’m never going back to North Korea. What’s one more nuclear weapon in the world? To be honest, I doubt we’ll be successful. I honestly don’t know what all the fuss is about. Most of the white Christians I met believe that Islam is the last barrier to world government anyway. So why do people mind if Saddam has the bomb? Didn’t America drop not one but two bombs on the Japanese? That’s good, because we Koreans hate the Japanese because of what they did to us in the past.”

Sweet says for now he is concentrating on white right-wing sources in his search for uranium in South Africa.

“Supposedly, South Africa destroyed all of its nuclear weapons under the inspectors from the CIA and British intelligence,” Sweet said. “But has the International Atomic Energy Agency and the ANC signed off on this? I think it’s worth a try to look around. You never know what you will find.”

Robert Van Huisen, a retired officer with South Africa’s National Intelligence Service, told WorldNetDaily he doubts Saddam will find uranium in South Africa.

“The CIA and British intelligence are monitoring the Iraqi agents in Africa. Their every move is known. Say what you want about the intelligence agencies – they’re not stupid, minus a 9-11 here and there,” Van Huisen said.

“Trevor Tutu has been known to have brokered nuclear technology from the Palindaba nuclear plant to mainland China, and the ANC has exchanged biological and chemical weapons information with Iraq, but thus far, no intelligence agency has documented any transfer of uranium. But you can bet your bottom dollar that won’t stop Saddam from looking. African criminal gangs in the Congo are a good place for him to start. Saddam is a tactical thinker. He’s smart and a billionaire. No wonder the Mayi are dealing with him.”

Concluded Sweet, “If you’ve got uranium, call me. But only weapons-grade, OK?”

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