Sanctions busting: How North Korea smuggles illicit goods
The DPRK's smuggling networks rely on organized crime - and China turning a blind eye
This is the fourth part of a series explaining why North Korea is a top priority target for Western and Asian intelligence agencies. You can read part one here, part two here, and part three here.
The North Korean regime faces the problem of common channels of trade being increasingly closed off, as well as a growing number of sanctions imposed on Pyongyang. The Kim clan and its supporters, therefore, need to look for new ways to import technology and luxury goods.
Creativity is also required for opening new sources of income. Members of the
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