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North Korea: A drug lord is running the country

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is a drug kingpin.

Tim StanleyThe Telegraph (U.K.)

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is a drug kingpin, said Tim Stanley. While others watch James Bond films for entertainment, he seems to be looking for “notes on how to be an evil mastermind.” The latest dispatches from North Korean defectors read like a synopsis of Live and Let Die, in which the president of a Caribbean island uses his embassies to push heroin. Kim, defectors told Chosun Ilbo (South Korea), recently sent a large drug shipment to his embassy in an unnamed East European country and ordered diplomats there to hit the streets dealing so they could cough up $300,000 each in time for a big national celebration in April. “Presumably, anyone who disappoints Mr. Kim gets pushed into a shark tank.” Apparently every overseas office of North Korea has the same drug-pushing mission. According to South Korean analysts, state-run factories churn out narcotics “so renowned for their purity that they are in high demand across the globe,” generating up to $200 million for the regime every year. This illicitly gained hard currency can then be spent “on other mastermind stuff, like satellite launches and hiring Iranian scientists.” Who knows what Bond plot Kim will copy next? He’s already “started dressing like Ernst Stavro Blofeld.”

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