Via Daily Mail:
North Korea ordered its foreign diplomats to sell drugs on the street in a desperate attempt to rake in hard currency, it has been claimed.
An incredible story in South Korean’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper suggested embassy officials were sent abroad with 20 kilos of state-manufactured drugs, most likely methamphetemine, and told to raise at least $300,000.
According to a ‘defector’, the diplomats were told that by selling the drugs they would would be proving ‘their loyalty and mark the birthday of nation founder Kim Il Sung on April 15’.
North Korea is a major exporter of methamphetamine which is known as ICE, with much of understood to end up on the streets of China.
According to a report in the Washington Post, the story suggested a single embassy might enlist 10 of its diplomats as drug dealers, meaning a potential of $3 million could be made.
A secret government department known as ‘Room 39’ is said to control Pyongyang’s illicit earnings from meth exports, which are estimated to be worth between $100 million and $200 million a year, as well as other activities such as scamming foreign businesses.