July 24, 2015 08:16
Defying international sanctions, North Korea is importing luxury goods like French wine and perfume through the Chinese border city of Dandong.
In early July, three container trucks carrying French wine, high-end perfume, and liquor went to Pyongyang via the customs checkpoint in Dandong, a source in the border town said Tuesday. They were registered as daily necessities on the customs log.
"Two senior North Korean party officials and a dozen uniformed soldiers took over the containers," the source added.
Leader Kim Jong-un will probably hand them out to ensure the loyalty of senior officials on July 27, the anniversary of the armistice of the Korean War.
The North also imported 2,000 Chinese-made computers through the customs checkpoint.
They were taken over by officers from the General Bureau of Reconnaissance, a source claimed, and will be used to train personnel at a cyber agency.
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