North Korea wants nuclear weapons, but they don’t have money to make them.
North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, has demanded immediate efforts to produce nuclear weapons even though the nation is broke and has no money, so North Korean authorities are doing the unthinkable and have gone to their citizens working in China to contribute money to support the country’s nuclear ambitions.
The major problem with this strategy is that North Koreans who are working in China make very little money and almost all of it already goes to the government.
“Officials are running around to borrow money after North Korea ordered trade delegations and workers to ‘contribute to the fatherland’s military industries by collecting munition funds of loyalty, even if trade officials and overseas service sector workers have to sleep little and eat less,’” according to a report by Daily NK.
According to the report, this has led to “North Korean trade delegations in China and on-the-ground managers going around to Chinese traders and acquaintances to borrow money, explaining to them that they have been tasked with contributing the funds.” They are saying, “Please lend me money. I’ll pay it back later with interest.”
According to the report, Chinese have responded, “This isn’t the first time you’ve asked for money, and won’t the funds collected ultimately support North Korea making nukes?” It does not seem however, that the Chinese are ready to part with their hard earned cash to pay for Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program.