April 21, 2024

Pokka still widely available in North Korea, despite Japanese embargo

Singapore office was looking for DPRK vendors as recently as April, emails reveal

Drinks manufactured in Singapore by the famous Japanese brand Pokka are still being widely sold in Pyongyang, NK News has learned, despite Tokyo and Singapore’s ongoing total trade bans on North Korea.

Pokka Singapore has since 2012 repeatedly denied selling products to North Korea, but various beverages manufactured in Singapore under license by Pokka – including coffee, flavored milk and fruit juices – were still seen widely on sale in Pyongyang hotels, market and bars by NK News staff who visited the city last month.

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