September 27, 2023

US official poses with statue likely built by sanctioned North Korean studio

Arms control chief posts photo of Benin statue, one of dozens UN says DPRK has built in Africa to raise money for nukes

A senior U.S. nuclear official posted a photo Thursday posing in front of a large new statue allegedly built by a sanctioned North Korean company in West Africa.

State Department Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins called the new "Amazon" statue in Cotonou, Benin a “powerful representation of Queen Tassi Hangbe’s legacy and the legion of female-warriors who defended present day #Benin” in a tweet that appeared to be deleted later the same day.