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Bureau 39: Kim’s Cash Machine

YEAR: 2020 | LENGTH: 1 part (45 minutes)  |  SOURCE: 4CORNERS

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North Korea is one of the most secretive nations on earth. Led by the unpredictable Kim Jong-un, the ‘hermit kingdom’ is largely sealed off from the rest of the world. Despite severe financial sanctions imposed by the United Nations, the nation has defied international pressure and developed a sophisticated and costly nuclear weapons program. While more than half of the population lives in poverty, Mr Kim and his cronies live a life of luxury, buying up big ticket items like state-of-the-art pleasure craft and top of the line Mercedes and Rolls Royce armoured cars. The question is, where is all that money coming from?
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