How North Korean state firms bend the rules to rake in cash from market activity
Newly revealed DPRK law details crackdown on use of special privileges to dodge taxes, embezzle funds and more
Editor’s note: This article is the first in a two-part series on what newly revealed North Korean laws reveal about the future of DPRK economic policy.
North Korea is not a market economy, but it does play host to a capitalist system all the same, with many different types of market-oriented state firms. Some of these firms and their operations are legal and preapproved, and their output is sold at near-market prices within bounds set by the state.
But much of what they do — though it might be good for their workers, consumers and
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