On 13 January, Kharon published an article which claimed that a North Korean foundation reported to be a slush fund for the leadership in Pyongyang is financed by individuals with extensive commercial ties to Western companies. The Kim Il Sung-Kim Jong Il Foundation, located in Pyongyang, collects funds intended for the “peace and progress of humankind true to the instructions of the great leaders,” according to its website. It raises funds by encouraging donations and recruiting members, charging an admission fee and a yearly membership fee for individuals or organisations. It is said that several members of the foundation’s leadership are owners or directors of companies located in countries all over the world.
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