North Korea uses cash couriers, false names to outwit sanctions

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NeilMcGowan wrote:

More neocon garbage aimed at softening the public up for an attack on N Korea.

Feb 16, 2013 11:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
manyhaha wrote:

It is true the US makes no attempt to hide the opulent life styles of its officieals who revolve in and out of banks and industries, e.g. Cheney and Haliburton. Better yet, corruption has been legalized by the Supreme Court. And who even asks what weapons the US is testing or questions how they use them. What hypocrisy!

Feb 16, 2013 11:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
Mac29 wrote:

Neil what passes for your mindset is showing and badly. I invite you to refute any statements in the report. I dare you to prove any item is false. Your statement concretely shows your lack of knowledge about the region and geopolitical reality. Please stick to more mainstream news sites and spare us the pablum.

Feb 16, 2013 12:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nossnevs wrote:

Those North Koreans are well qualified to run Wall Street.

Feb 16, 2013 12:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nossnevs wrote:

Those North Koreans are well qualified to run Wall Street.

Feb 16, 2013 12:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ptiffany wrote:

The odd thing about this article is that it is presented as “news”. All of these activities of the North Koreans have been very apparent in great detail by many in government and private industry for decades.

So, who was “surprised”? The real question then is why is this being reported now? Is there some other agenda besides revealing that which was already extremely well-known?

Feb 16, 2013 4:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
privatejames wrote:

An interesting story, but I also thought this had a familiar ring to it. A quick scan of the web, and I see this was reported by the Post back in 2009. (Global Insurance Fraud By North Korea Outlined). And the rest, well that is all public knowledge too.
A worrying story, but the reporting is even more worrying.

Feb 17, 2013 4:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
manyhaha wrote:

@ Mac29. Maybe Neil won’t try refuting this article but I’ll take a shot at it.

An article that starts off with “Kim Kwang-jin says that” promises to be anectodotal. And indeed the whole first part presents information from sources that are far from “objective” or “verifiable”, e.g.
- “a South Korean government source”,
- “a source who has access to the top levels of government in both North Korea and China”,
- “reports by the U.S. government”,
- “the U.S. Treasury” and
- “the South Korean official, who spoke on condition of anonymity”.
For all practical purpose, the first part of the article can be summarized as “I heard it from the man that heard it from the man…”.

In the second part, we move on to North Korea’s banking and money practices. Here the author asks us to be surprised and outraged that a country villanized by the US and under international sanctions might have to resort to use of cash couriers and false names. Actually it is easy for the author to get the reaction that he seeks since the layer of propaganda against North Korea and Iran is so thick that most people would believe anything good. This brings us to the author’s real point that is to add more ill feeling in support of further sanctions.

So Mac29 the fact that you accept such flimsy hearsay evidence as a knowledgeable presentation of the regional and geopolitical reality shows something about your own mindset and tolerance for pablum.

Feb 17, 2013 6:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
privatejames wrote:

I trust Reuters editors are investigating. There are some serious issues being raised here about integrity and balance

Feb 17, 2013 7:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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