RUSI JournalVolume 159Issue 5members only

Mafia State: The Evolving Threat of North Korean Narcotics Trafficking


The burgeoning illicit-drugs trade emanating from North Korea poses a severe threat to the region and beyond

The North Korean government has long been suspected of involvement in state-sponsored drug production and trafficking. Research in this field is hampered by the secrecy of the DPRK regime and the dearth of reliable sources. Nonetheless, using Chinese- and English-language sources, Peng Wang and Stephan Blancke look at developments over the past decade, intensified counter-narcotics co-operation between the Chinese and South Korean police forces, and the failure of the North

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