The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released the text of the annual "Unclassified Report to Congress on the Acquisition of Technology Relating to Weapons of Mass Destruction and Advanced Conventional Munitions," which covers activities in 2006, and notes that North Korea is still trying to sell missiles, though having difficulties due to additional UN sanctions put in place after its 2006 missile and nuclear tests. The report also suggests, but doesn’t state outright, that
In the State Department's "International Narcotics Control Strategy Report," it is noted that North Korean state involvement in illegal narcotics trade appears sharply down if not extinguished since 2003, though there is a continued, if not increased, trafficking in counterfeit cigarettes coming out of North Korea.
North Korea has long been involved in various schemes to earn hard currency, from money laundering and illegal drug trade to semi-legal weapons and missile sales and potentially even the transfer of nuclear technology (the Israeli air strike on a Syrian facility last year has been linked to North Korean technology transfer, something Washington wants Pyongyang to admit as part of its disclosure of nuclear activities under the Six Party talks). However,
As a source of hard currency,
With the increased scrutiny on North Korean ballistic missile sales, however, and no one taking
As for the cigarettes, there are two parallel systems underway in