WSJ: Luxuries Flow Into North Korea

Though Western governments have imposed stringent trade sanctions on North Korea, luxury goods still find a way into the country – mainly by way of China. The Chinese policy of support and assistance may not be welcome by the bulk of the international community, but the influx of cell phones, iPads, and much of the latest technologies may do more harm than good for the country’s current regime.

Government workers making as little as $3 a month now make up to $15 by trading in luxury goods. As such, an entrepreneurial class is rising in the country fueled by the black market for electronics, tobacco, cars, and electrical appliances. Will the influx of western technology adversely affect the Kim dynasty in North Korea? My answer is that it will play a considerable role because many more people will have access to the most powerful weapon that ever existed – information.

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