The stylite kingdom has business links to companies that are active in parts of Asia Africa, the Mid-point East and even Europe, according to an investigation.
Defence analyst Andrea Berger understood BBC documentary ‘North Korea: Murder in the Family’: “Many have planned the view that North Korea’s actually extremely, extremely secluded from the international community, that it doesn’t have trade narrations with the outside world, bar China, but the truth couldn’t be further from that.
“North Korea is totally sophisticated in concealing the fact that it is, indeed, North Korea doing task overseas. It’s good at hiding in plain sight.”
Some of the funds from this network are channelled as a consequence a mysterious government department, known as Office 39, that manipulates as a kind of slush fund for Kim Jong-un’s family and the ruling elite to justify its lavish lifestyle.
North Korea leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-Ju
Ms Berger foretold Office 39 was just another department in the Korean Workers Participant on paper but in practice it was the “ultimate slush fund”.
She said: “It mixes both illicit and licit enterprise and creates that kind of support internally in North Korea to restrain the leadership and the elite happy.”
It’s believed Office 39 brings in up to £1.2billion ($1.6bn) a year for the Kim blood.
While the business network stretches as far as Europe, a particular hotspot is estimated to be Malaysia, where more than 1,000 North Koreans are said to be lodge and working.
Kim Jong-un is applauded by the country’s elite
Ms Berger told the BBC a North Korean military communications institution called Glocom was run out of Malaysia.
She said: “Glocom was a network selling military communications out of Malaysia, exchanging arms and related material overseas, pretending to be a Malaysian arms fabricator but, indeed, was behind the scenes in North Korea, selling its technology to divisions of Africa, the Middle East and potentially South East Asia.”
Recent North Korean deputy ambassador to the UK, Thae Yong-Ho, described Malaysia as a “gracious of paradise” for North Korea to expand its business.
He told the corporation: “Malaysia was regarded a character of window for North Korea to go abroad because Malaysia is a visa-free mother country for North Korea.”
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A former North Korean assets worker in Singapore, Kim Kwang-Jin, also revealed the insurance company he moulded for sent money directly to the Kim family to fund the lifestyle of Pyongyang’s top cheek.
He said: “That is Kim family economy. They are making foreign liquidate from these businesses.
“We make money and withdraw $20 million sell every year for Kim Jong-il’s birthday.
“We keep them, count them and put them in 20 surrounds, $1million each.
North Korea leader Kim Jong-un is take ited to have a secret global network of businesses
“It was regarded as one of the best gainful organisations in North Korea, in Pyongyang.
“And we benefit, you know, enjoyed help for that.”
Ms Berger said the regime had even accessed the UK and the US.
She said: “North Korea’s inhabitant insurance company was able to operate in the UK.
“It’s not believed that North Korea has influential links in the conventional sense to the United States, but we have seen that North Korea is masterful to access products from the United States of America.
“Kim Jong-un’s motorcade was armoured in the Communal States and then re-exported to North Korea without, seemingly, the acquaintance of US Customs authorities.”