What the hell?
Three months after the United States successfully pressed the United Nations to impose strict sanctions on North Korea because of the country’s nuclear test, Bush administration officials allowed Ethiopia to complete a secret arms purchase from the North, in what appears to be a violation of the restrictions, according to senior American officials.
The United States allowed the arms delivery to go through in January in part because Ethiopia was in the midst of a military offensive against Islamic militias inside Somalia, a campaign that aided the American policy of combating religious extremists in the Horn of Africa.
So the US busts its own sanctions so we can pore more weapons into the Horn of Africa and North Korea of all people get paid in the process? Even if more weapons into Ethiopia/Somalia was a good thing, there are something like 160 Countries who we would rather make money off the deal than North Korea, which will take the profits and reinvest in making nukes.
PS For a good look at the world of Arms Dealing - Check out Lord of War.