As a person living in a democratic environment urges to wonder, how is life in North Korea?
Everyone is familiar with its KIM dynasty and its oppression of the public. Since they don’t have connections with the outside world and no availability of networking inside the country, it is astonishing how North Korea might be earning money.
On researching and surfing through various reports, this article concludes the factors of North Korea’s Income. Everything in this country is very complicated for an outsider to understand. Thus, the way of getting income is also way more complicated and illegal.
One way of making money is by Threats.
North Korea claims itself to be self-efficient in nuclear weapons, and nobody outside the world has the actual count of it. So, when the country comes to a situation of hunger and famine conditions, it starts threatening the world outside that they will explode the nuclear weapon somewhere in the world and to avoid it they have to pay some amount.
Due to fear and suppression, countries like the US lends financial support to North Korea to maintain peace. Financial aid is surprisingly a whooping
amount in billions!
After getting the money within 6-12 months, they repeat the same process of threatening. Well, we all have Déjà Vu.
But, a country cannot run its economy only on threat statements, leading to our second way of North Korea’s source of income, and that is “Cyber Crime.”
They have a very efficient hacking group known as LAZARUS GROUP. Nobody knows how many people are part of this group. But, they are, without any doubt, some of the best cybercriminals in the world.
To prove its efficiency, let’s talk about the Bangladesh Cyber heist. Their target was to rob $1,000,000,000, but due to some reasons and wrong entries, they could take away $81,000,000 in the end, which is still a humungous amount.
These 81 million dollars are then transferred to banks and casinos so that there would be no traces left for this money, and after rotating the money everywhere in the world, it finally reached “Room number 39”.
In 2017, this group stole cryptocurrency and extorted more than $1.3 billion.
Let’s talk about the next method of North Korea’s source of money.
It is one of the most illegal ways, exporting goods and humans to other countries.
We all know how brutal is Kim’s Governance and every human living in North Korea has to follow the rules and regulations set up by Kim’s government truthfully.
But the brutality goes to such an extent that they do human trafficking.
They send men to different countries to do labor work and make money in return.
Some might be wondering that it’s good at least that person got freedom from North Korea but, it’s not easy as it seems to be. The laborers are under continuous assistance by Korean officers. They regulate everything, from what to eat and when to eat, making life hell.
Women are also part of this awful oppression. They are sent to different countries to serve in pubs and hotels, and their life becomes no less than hell.
Crazy, knowing all these details somewhere in my heart, I feel obliged not to be born in a country like North Korea.
One of the most precious things North Korea has is Room No 39.
What is this Room number 39, and what is its functionality, let’s understand:
Room Number- 39
Room number 39 is the largest of three influential third Floor offices, with Office 35, which does the intelligence duty, and Office 38, which handles legal and financial activities. Besides these offices, no one knows what goes on in other offices.
Room Number 39 is located inside a ruling workers’ Party building in Pyongyang (North Korea’s Capital).
Room number 39 is the epicenter of all the illegal works North Korea does, from printing fake currencies to controlling Nuclear weapons, and a lot more is done here. Everything goes on here with high security.
Besides this, it is the home of cybercriminals, and it also regulates the selling of drugs illegally.
North Korea has rich mineral deposits through which it can easily earn money. But, in this case, also they sell it illegally in the black markets and earn more profit out of it!