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Case study: Tactful probing reveals a mountain of claims
Experience/Investigating North Korea Exposure at a Chinese Supplier

Investigating North Korea Exposure at a Chinese Supplier

Facing allegations its Chinese supplier was acquiring raw materials from a North Korean entity, a multinational company engaged Nardello & Co. to determine the beneficial ownership of the Pyongyang- based concern. 

Discreet inquiries with North Korean defectors, academics, and intelligence sources in South Korea revealed that the entity was wholly owned by a company controlled by Office 39, a secretive organization that provides critical support to the North Korean leadership, in part through engaging in illicit economic activities such as currency counterfeiting and narcotics manufacturing. Defectors and other sources also claimed that forced labor had been used to mine the raw materials sold to the client’s supplier. 

Whilst such claims could not be confirmed independently, they echoed accounts of practices documented extensively by human rights groups.

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