North Korea is said to export drugs to get foreign currency

New York Times
May 21, 2003
James Dao

Here are the excerpts:

North Korean government has been overseeing the production of heroinand methamphetamine to bolster its foreign currency reserves, according to defector who testified in the US senate.

In 1997 all collective farms were ordered to dedicate 25 acres to poppy cultivation.  They also hired experts from Thailand to supervise the refining of the poppies.

The testimony cannot be independently verified, but south Korean intelligence verified the defector’s identity. 


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