The Financial Times reported
Wednesday that a US military official in South Korea has accused the government
of North Korea of operating a multi-million dollar illicit drug industry.
While other US officials have previously hinted at such charges, the comments
by the unnamed military official are the most explicit denunciation yet
of alleged North Korean drug trafficking.
The Bush administration has
identified North Korea as part of its "axis of evil," along with Iraq and
Iran. Washington has also accused North Korea of exporting ballistic
missiles and of committing human rights violations at home. In October,
North Korea further angered the US when it announced it was developing
nuclear weapons to protect itself from an aggressive United States.
[Ed: Their words, not ours!]
The US military official
told the Financial Times drug trafficking has become a crucial source of
foreign currency for the regime in Pyongyang, with diplomats taking on
the role of overseas drug dealers. "This is state-controlled drug-trafficking.
The military grows the drugs and diplomats sell it overseas," said the
According to the unnamed
officer, the Bush administration is convinced North Korea is producing
and exporting about $100 million in illicit drugs to countries such as
Japan, Russia, China and Taiwan. He also said that North Korea has
become the world's third leading producer of opium, behind Afghanistan
and Burma, and the world's sixth largest heroin producer. North Korea
also manufactures amphetamines for the black market, he added.
With North Korea's industrial
economy in collapse and foreign aid cut-offs over the nuclear program,
the country will increasingly rely on drugs and arms trafficking to survive,
the official charged.
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Issue #266, 12/6/02
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