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The US raises concern over increasing North Korea’s presence in Nepal

North Korea is misusing Nepal’s territory as a medium to commit other illegal activities such as cybercrime, gold smuggling and money laundering.

KATHMANDU: The United States has shown serious concern regarding North Korea’s increasing illegal transactions in Kathmandu, the Capital of Nepal. Special American Envoy to North Korea, Mark Lambert, during his 3-days visit in Nepal dragged the attention of Nepali authorities to take appropriate and immediate actions against such activities. United States has further stated that Nepal as a member country of the UN should observe and respect the sanctions imposed to North Korea. It is also suspected that North Korea is misusing Nepal’s territory as a medium to commit other illegal activities such as cybercrime, gold smuggling and money laundering.

Security Council has imposed economic sanctions upon North Korea for the violation of well-established UN rules of Nuclear Weapon Testing. Despite this, North Korea has been active in increasing its business transactions in Nepal including gold smuggling, money laundering and cybercrime activities time and again. “North Korea is suspected to have accumulated over billions of dollars through cyberattacks in order to support its Nuclear mission”, states a UN confidential report. To further promote this mission, North Korea has been targeting banks and financial institutions of various countries through cyber fraudulency to rob off billions of dollars.

According to the sources, North Korean hackers have been staying in an isolated location inside Kathmandu from where they carry out their illegal cyber activities. The hackers are supported by the North Korean Embassy with the necessary arrangements and daily supplies in Nepal. Such supplies are transported during odd hours especially the night time to avoid unwanted attentions and contact with the locals. Numerous sources also reveal that these hackers visit the North Korean Embassy from time to time to discuss on their future agendas and action plans.

Highlighting the danger of such activities to rest of the world, Lambert appealed the high level authorities of Nepal including the co-chair of Nepal Communist Party, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, not to indulge in business activities with North Korea as well as entertain North Koreans in the country.

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