In the first of a 2-part video report, on 24 September, Al Jazeera asks how is it possible that North Korea, one of the poorest countries on earth, manages to finance a nuclear weapons programme? The answer, it says, is through Bureau 39, a secretive organisation hidden deep inside the government apparatus. Its aim is to procure foreign exchange, by any means possible, to fund Kim Jong Un’s regime. From printing counterfeit dollars and profiting from slave labour sent overseas, to illegally selling arms, committing insurance fraud and widespread computer hacking, the inventiveness of North Korea’s sanction-busters knows no bounds.
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