A top spy for North Korea before defiling south, Kim Kuk-song has now revealed how a crystal meth laboratory was created to make drugs to make money and fund the leader’s lavish lifestyle
A former North Korean spy shared how he helped set up a crystal meth lab for drug trafficking and make money for the country in crisis due to famine.
Kim Kuk-song defected to South Korea in 2014 after spending 30 years as a snoop in the north and working his way up to the head of the secret service.
He now claims he was ordered to make crystal meth during a terrible famine in North Korea from 1994 to 1998, known as the “Heavy March”.
Kim told the BBC that on the orders of then Korean leader Kim Jong-il, he set up a production line for the drug, also known as ice cream.
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He said, “Drug production in Kim Jong-ils North Korea peaked during the Arduous March.
“At that time the Operations Department ran out of revolutionary resources for the Supreme Leader.
“After I was assigned the task, I brought three foreigners to North Korea from abroad, built a production base and manufactured drugs in the training center of the Labor Party’s 715 Liaison Office.”
The money made making the drugs was then used to fund the leader’s extravagant lifestyle while thousands died in famine, claimed Kim.
It was previously reported that North Korea made methamphetamines by exporting drugs in the 1990s and 2000s before the country began stopping it – this resulted in the trafficking continuing illegally.
North Korea is now believed to have a significant problem with drug use among its population, as people regularly take crystal meth or even give it away for example on Lunar New Year, one of the country’s most important holidays.
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Its popularity is due to the fact that it is easy to get, and it can also be used to suppress hunger pangs.
After Kim left the north, he worked for the secret service in South Korea.
Looking back, he told the BBC that the North Korean leadership was desperate to make money, especially during the famine, and that meant being ready to smuggle drugs or sell weapons in the Middle East and Africa.