ABC: There is a crisis in North Korea, executions of currency dealers began

In an effort to stave off the outbreak of COVID-19, North Korea has almost completely cut itself off from its most important trading partner, China, causing economic difficulties in the country, writes the website of the Australian broadcasting corporation ABC.

Due to the sharp rise in food prices, Pyongyang is trying to maintain the weakening exchange rate of the national currency, without hesitation and extreme measures. The ABC report notes that several "currency dealers" who illegally exchanged North Korean won for US dollars have been arrested. And at least one of them was shot.

Earlier, the world media wrote about the extreme measures taken by the country's authorities to prevent the penetration of a pandemic. In particular, cross-border trade has been severely curtailed. First of all - with the PRC, which accounts for 90 to 95% of the total trade turnover of the North Korean economy.

It was argued that it was through the Sino-North Korean border, 1420 km long (for comparison with the Russian Federation, the DPRK shares only 39,4 km of common borders) there were flows of smuggled items, including US dollars, which are in demand among the wealthy part of the country's population. This class emerged in the course of the limited market reforms of the past decade, which allowed small-scale private enterprise and a partial departure from the planned economy.

In addition, American banknotes enter the country legally. In particular, with foreign tourists who visit the DPRK from time to time.

Although, according to eyewitnesses, the most popular and widespread foreign currency in the DPRK is still not the dollar, but the Chinese yuan, American banknotes are no longer something incredible, although they are still strictly prohibited by the authorities.

Earlier, foreign experts expressed doubt that any country, including such as the DPRK, can be completely closed from the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, it was pointed out that party officials, diplomats, seamen of the merchant fleet and other categories of citizens, one way or another, will be forced to cross the border, which carries certain risks.

In addition, there is such a large group as North Korean workers who work overseas. During the market reforms, businessmen from the DPRK have established extensive business and personal contacts with their colleagues from the Yanbian-Korean Autonomous Region of China.
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  1. Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 29 December 2020 08: 48
    I hope the currency dealer did not suffer.
    And he, as always, was shot from an anti-aircraft gun.
    1. bobba94 Offline bobba94
      bobba94 (Vladimir) 29 December 2020 10: 35
      He was shot with a 14,5 mm KPVT (Vladimirov's large-caliber tank machine gun). It's cheaper ...
  2. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 29 December 2020 09: 56
    Maybe the DPRK should develop kibbutzim?
    1. bobba94 Offline bobba94
      bobba94 (Vladimir) 29 December 2020 10: 37
      About the kibbutz did not understand .... Why kibbutz?
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 29 December 2020 11: 07
    Why is Russia not helping North Korea? This is our neighbor and resource-rich country.

    Mining in the DPRK is one of the important sectors of the North Korean economy. The DPRK is rich in resources such as magnesite, zinc, tungsten and iron. Magnesite deposits are estimated at 6 billion tons - the second largest in the world, in particular, it is abundant in provinces such as Hamgyondo and Chagando.

    In 2019, trade between Russia and the DPRK (North Korea) amounted to USD 47, an increase of 902% (USD 329) compared to 40,62.

    One guile in my head.
  4. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 29 December 2020 16: 31
    The article is a standard lie.
    And now from life. 80s, they invited us to go to the DPRK embassy on Mosfilmovskaya. At the entrance there is a huge hall, along the perimeter of a chandelier with crystal trimmings. The whole wall is a picture, namely a picture, an excellent landscape of the country. The menu is unpretentious, beef brooches, donuts, fish, there weren't even crabs, well, what else? Normal vodka, very good beer ...
    And you will laugh. The years are the same. Algeria. Exhibition. A young guy comes to Merin, he worked at the DPRK embassy in France, now acting. ambassador to Algeria. The three of us sat down, Algerian dry, he, our deputy for personnel, gee gee, like colleagues, and I as an interpreter. Word for word, the Korean proposes a toast to the health of comrade Chernenko, how is the health of comrade Chernenko? Ours - but it can't be better. In the morning we arrive at the exhibition, the flag on the flagpole is at half-mast ... I'm torturing the local security, what's up? So your Chernenko died in the morning ...