N.Korea Prints New 5,000 Won Bills

North Korea has printed a new 5,000 won bill bearing the portraits of nation founder Kim Il-sung and his son Kim Jong-il.

A source in China said the new banknotes went into circulation on Wednesday.

The existing 5,000 won bill, which is the largest available denomination, bears only the portrait of Kim Il-sung.

"The aim of the new bill is not to reform the currency but simply to add the portrait of Kim Jong-il," the source said.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 31, 2014 10:58 KST