How is it possible that North Korea, one of the poorest countries on earth finances a nuclear weapons programme large enough to challenge the USA? The answer: Bureau 39, a legendary organization nestled deep inside the government apparatus. Its aim is to procure foreign exchange by any means possible to provide Kim Jong-un’s regime with money.
Printing dollars, dealing drugs, smuggling arms, insurance fraud, human trafficking – nothing is too unscrupulous for North Korea’s money makers.
Years of research have given us unique access to insiders. They reveal the most spectacular cases and breath-taking tricks of how North Korea has been circumventing UN sanctions to finance its nuclear arsenal for decades.
What do we really know about Supreme Leader Kim Jung Un? Posing as tourists, we experience life under his autocracy, and speak to people close to him.More info
A travel agency specialising in ‘danger tourism’ regularly organises trips in North Korea for tourists keen to meet ‘the last Soviets’. We join a group of three and travel around the country.More info