North Korea Makes Diplomats Deal Drugs: Report
South Korean diplomats allege that trade running in several countries
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 25, 2013 4:07 PM CDT
North Korean embassy staff members lower their national flag at half-mast to mourn the death of Kim Jong Il on the roof of the embassy in Beijing, China, Dec. 19, 2011.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

(Newser) – Is North Korea financing its activities (like, say, its weird propaganda film industry) with drug money? That's what South Korean diplomatic sources tell the Chosun Ilbo . South Korean intelligence has learned that North Korea has sent large quantities of illicit drugs to one of its Eastern European embassies, ordering diplomats there to push the stuff, the sources allege. Diplomats elsewhere allegedly received similar marching orders, with each told to raise $300,000 by April 15 as a sign of loyalty.

The Washington Post for one thinks there's "good reason to suspect" the story is true, noting that North Korea already sells high-quality, state-manufactured meth in China, and that the kind of hard currency the drugs would bring in is vital. It adds that these days, meth is more available in the country than basic medicine, and that many use it as a "cure-all."

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elemcee
Mar 26, 2013 6:10 PM CDT
Many use [meth] as a "cure-all." A cure for what? Being alive?
ScribblinJack
Mar 26, 2013 1:09 PM CDT
Best Korea is on meth? Awesome.
$28919642
Mar 26, 2013 7:39 AM CDT
A nation of meth-heads. Much is clear, now. I wonder if Kim uses the stuff? That could explain the wacky threats....