DPRK running appx 200 foreign trade companies

According to Yonhap:

North Korea is running about 200 trading companies and entities to earn foreign currency, an official said Wednesday, citing a North Korean quarterly magazine.

The list was compiled after an analysis of the past five-year issues of Foreign Trade, which publicizes North Korean companies and entities in connection with the country’s foreign trade and its bid to attract foreign investment, the official said.

Still, the actual number may be smaller as North Korea could have used different names for the same companies. The North frequently changes names of its trading companies and entities to try to avoid sanctions imposed over its two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, according to the South Korean government.

The list includes Korea Taesong Trading, which was blacklisted last year by the United States for its involvement in the trade of weapons of mass destruction and other activities banned by U.N. resolutions.

South Korean officials said the North Korean trading companies and entities are believed to be engaged in a competition to show their allegiance to leader Kim Jong-il and his heir apparent son Kim Jong-un.

In return, the North Korean leader showers his top aides and other elites with luxury goods to win their loyalty.

I had started work on a similar project, but other things got in the way. So here is a link to my initial spreadsheet (Excel) containing a list of North Korean companies that I pulled from the pages of Foreign Trade magazine (before Naenara switched to the new servers and deleted the archive material).  The list contains company names, contact information, and descriptions. There are duplicates in the list, but since the list is alphabetized, they are easy to spot.

Read the Yonhap story here:
N. Korea runs about 200 trading entities to earn foreign currency
Kim Kwang-tae


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