April 8th, 2013
07:51 PM ET

Who is bankrolling North Korea?

From missiles to methamphetamine, there is an intriguing list of items the North Korean government sells in order to stay afloat. CNN's Chris Lawrence takes a look at the money trail.


Filed under: Kim Jong-un • North Korea
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  1. C Smythe

    Who is bankrolling North Korea, you ask? The starving, down trodden and tormented N. Korean people I would suspect . . .

    April 27, 2013 at 12:30 am | Reply
  2. gan xian

    I would be much more concerned about a false flagged nuclear tipped bulk ore carrier sailing into San Fransisco harbor than I am about a potential threat from a nuclear missile. The North Korean strategy is vary clever. while we are all looking one way at a non existent threat, they check mate the USA with a sly under the counter trick.

    April 12, 2013 at 4:56 am | Reply
    • C Smythe

      If the North tries anything against the US it will disappear within hours . . .

      April 27, 2013 at 12:21 am | Reply
  3. Joe

    No one wants war.But NK has a nutcase in charge and they have the 4rth largest army in the world.Im sure China bankrolls them.NK is creating tension on purpose and theres going to be a mistake made and I believe NK will make it.

    April 10, 2013 at 3:45 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      The only way to stop NK is through China!
      We should tell China that all their manufactured goods are not welcomed in the USA until they get NK under control!
      China can do this, but they don't. When we turn away their contaniner ships, they will get the message!

      April 10, 2013 at 8:33 am | Reply
      • Joe

        You have a point but that cant happen because we have shipped our manufactoring capabilities away.Our nation isnt a powerhouse no more in that area.American made products,is pretty much in the past but some things are trickling back. China could stop NK but do they want to? Russia and China make money with countries like this and its major money.But the Leader there is to young and rash and somewhere sometime theres going to be a major mistake made.

        April 10, 2013 at 11:04 am |
      • C Smythe

        I suppose if they call in a few loans the goods would flow freely once more.

        April 27, 2013 at 12:23 am |
  4. Jdghjmht Butfm

    HEY LENNON: HOW MANY RUSSIAN MILITARY UNIFORMS ARE FROM NK THESE DAYS

    April 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  5. Jdghjmht Butfm

    )()NORTH KOREA FIGHTS ITSELF AND WILL BE UNIFIED NK ARE BANK-ROLLED. ASK YOURSELF: WHAT DOES NK PRODUCE OUTSIDE OF TOURISM; REMEMBER: NK WERE NOT BEING PAID ENOUGH NOT TO WALK AWAY FROM LABOR JOBS AT THE INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX–THUS, PULLING A WOULD-BE LABOR STRIKE BY THE COMMUNIST LABOR PARTY @ THE INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. I THINK THAT THE COST OF THEIR WOOL UNIFORMS MADE IN CHINA (I MEAN NK) ARE FAR MORE MONEY THEN THE COST OF A "CHEAP" CUSTOM SUIT I KNOW ITS COLD UP THERE IN NK BUT... THE US WOULD NOT SPEND FOR THAT KIND OF STUFF. NOW I REMEMBER BEING TOLD BY SOMEONE THAT WOOL CLOTHING I OWNED ONCE MADE IN USA IS NOW LABLED -MADE IN CHINA- ACTUALY COMES FROM NK BECAUSE THEY ARE THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH WHERE PEOPLE STILL USE THAT KIND OF/QUALITY HEAVY WOOL FABRIC–INFACT ON MORE THAN ONE ITEM THE US COMPANY TOOK MY SUGGESTIONS FROM A QUESTION/COMMENT THEN TURNED AROUND AND RELISED A NEW PRODUCT IN THE US COMPLETE WITH A MADE IN CHINA LABLE IN LITTLE MORE THAN A FEW MONTHS–NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT IT NK MUST MAKE MOST OF CHINAS MILITARY UNIFORMS ()(

    April 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • C Smythe

      99% of people will skip posts in ALLCAPS

      April 27, 2013 at 12:25 am | Reply
  6. Kian

    China contributes the most money to North Korea in terms of economic support.

    Anyone who thinks that North Korea in anyway poses any sort of military threat to the United States is severely misinformed. They pose no threat to us, every article on CNN points this out, yet you get whack jobs like StanCalif here posting ignorant rants. Go read a book and take off your tin foil hat, man.

    April 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      They pose a threat to our allies, they pose a threat to our soldiers in South Korea which have had to remain there for over 60 years to ensure the North does not try to invade the South... they pose a threat to our commerce with Asia... Acting like they are not a threat is naïve.

      April 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • SmithWesson

      Just as long as the Mainstream CNN points it out. If you believe everything CNN tells you, then you need to open your eyes man!

      April 10, 2013 at 12:47 am | Reply
  7. dianegoble

    It goes under the category of "Childcare"... someone needs to take his x-box away and put him in time out... that kid is the most ridiculous thing i've seen on the world stage in my 70 years on this planet!

    April 9, 2013 at 11:37 am | Reply
  8. t/o

    Well *somebody* must be bankrolling them. Just look at the size of those hats – those must cost a fortune!

    April 9, 2013 at 10:45 am | Reply
  9. Hahahahahahhaah

    Our own MIC is funding all our enemies to keep us funding the MIC!!!!!!! Get it??? Hahahahahahhaha

    April 9, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply
  10. StanCalif

    Who is bankrolling North Korea? CHINA, CHINA, CHINA!!!!
    You know this country. Our dear Communist "friends" and biggest trading partner!!!
    The only way to quiet down North Korea is to stop all Chinese containers from entering the USA! China pretends to support sanctions on North Korea, but in reality does nothing. China has evolved into a capitalist economy while still maintaning their "communist" ideals. China cannot have it both ways, yet they think they can.

    April 9, 2013 at 7:41 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Please Stan, quit vomiting your ignorance on this web page. Anyone with half a brain would know that the above is in no way true!!!

      April 9, 2013 at 9:58 am | Reply
      • Jason B

        Sorry George, what Stan says is absolutely true. In addition to Chinese funds, they also keep their borders "porous" to allow NK arms deals to take place. Where do you think Iran & Syria (along with their associated terrorist groups) get their weapons? North Korea. Where do you think Iran got its nuclear knowledge? North Korea. Who keeps the borders open between the two and allows the traffic and exchange of money, arms, and ideas? China.

        April 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
      • Carlson

        I tend to agree with you, George. The right-wing fanatics in Washington are liable to say anything to scare us. North Korea is a poor country with few resources incapable of carrying out any large scale war.

        April 9, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • tina

      Are you kidding me? China might give money to N Korea but certainly not to wage war against the US. Stop being so paranoid and listening to right wing propaganda. China has changed; economic prosperity and a higher quality of life has stabilized the country. Trust me, no one there wants anything to do with war, even the government.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      Alot of you folks have your points.But the reallity is your dealing with a very powerful military of about 1 million.SK 600000 and a U.S.presence.NK is Chinas child running amuck.China bankrolls them and China will not tollerate a free nation on its border.Im a war vet and a war in that area is very bad news.Look at the mindset of the people and the area they are in.Then you have child in charge.

      April 10, 2013 at 6:10 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      To:
      George Patton-2

      Please Stan, quit vomiting your ignorance on this web page. Anyone with half a brain would know that the above is in no way true!!!

      You are ignorant! China does not want North Korea to fail for many reasons! Also, Russia is envolved! Putin wants to build a major pipeline through NK to sell gas to South Korea (an economic engine). Putin wants no NK access to this pipeline, NK can't pay his high prices for gas!
      China cannot let NK fail, NK is China's nuclear research site.

      April 10, 2013 at 8:18 am | Reply
  11. wjmccartan

    Who is bankrolling North Korea, you ask? Most likely, nobody!

    April 8, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Reply

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