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Employing Russian smugglers and deploying hackers: How North Korea plans to duck latest sanctions

Anthony Ruggiero
12th September 2017 - Quoted by the National Post

Kim Jong Un is looking to duck a new round of harsh economic sanctions with a two-pronged attack that involves employing the help of Russian smugglers and deploying its hacker army to secure cryptocurrency.

The implementation of North Korea’s new strategy casts further doubt on whether financial measures alone can force dictator Kim Jong Un to abandon his nuclear weapons program, U.S. officials say.

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“Russia is now a player in this realm,” said Anthony Ruggiero, a former Treasury Department official who is now a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank. “The Chinese may be fed up with North Korea and willing to do more to increase the pressure. But it’s not clear that the Russians are willing to go along with that.”

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csif, north-korea, russia, sanctions