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North Korea Used Front Company to Earn Millions to Pay for Nukes: Feds

The names of the banks and of the alleged front company are redacted

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    President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un speak with the media after crossing into North Korean territory together at the Demilitarized Zone between North Korea and South Korea as they meet Sunday, June 30, 2019. 

    (Published Sunday, June 30, 2019)

    Federal investigators believe North Korea used a China-based front company to evade sanctions and earn "hundreds of millions of dollars" to fund its nuclear program, according to a newly unsealed appellate court ruling.

    Investigators allege the North Koreans exported coal and other valuable minerals via their front company, generating revenue in U.S. currency, with three Chinese banks handling the transactions, NBC News reported.

    A secret federal investigation into the transactions was made public after federal prosecutors subpoenaed the Chinese banks for the records of the company's transactions, and the banks fought the subpoenas in a case that went to the Washington, D.C., federal appeals court. The names of the banks and of the alleged front company are redacted.

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