North Korea Is A Major Opium Producer (Making It A Prime Target For The CIA)

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Whitney Webb via,

When the U.S. overthrew the Taliban in the wake of 9/11 as part of its newly launched “war on terror,” it set the stage for the explosive growth of Afghanistan’s dying opium industry. A few short months before the invasion took place, the Taliban made headlines for having “dramatically ended the country’s massive opium trade” after the leader of the fundamentalist group had declared the substance to be un-Islamic. At the time, Afghanistan’s opium was used to produce 75 percent of the world’s heroin.

But despite being squashed by the Taliban, the opium market made a dramatic comeback immediately following the U.S. invasion in October 2001. Not only was the opium trade restored, it surged drastically – rising from a production level of 185 tons under the Taliban (before the production ban) to 3,400 tons in 2002.

Over a decade later, the amount of opium harvested annually continues to rise. Afghanistan’s opium is now used to produce 90 percent of the world’s heroin. This increase has been directly overseen by U.S. forces, who openly guard Afghanistan’s poppy fields. Indeed, during that same time, the U.S. government claims to have spent $8.4 billion on counternarcotic programs within Afghanistan.

The dramatic increase in opium production in post-invasion Afghanistan has sparked speculation regarding the motives behind the aggressive action that the U.S. has recently taken towards North Korea, which is also a major opium producer.

While government-sanctioned opium production took a hit after Kim Jong-un assumed power in 2011, things have changed drastically in recent months, largely due to Chinese sanctions that were announced in mid-February. The sanctions, created in response to a North Korean ballistic missile test, led China to refuse imports of North Korean coal. Coal represents 40 percent of North Korea’s exports to China.

That drastic hit to the North Korean economy has apparently forced Kim Jong-un’s hand, as opium production has once again picked up. Kang Cheol-hwan, a North Korean defector and president of the North Korea Strategy Center, told the Yonhap News Agency that “the North is cultivating poppy fields again for drug smuggling as a way to secure funds to manage its regime.”

While North Korea’s opium production is small compared to that of post-invasion Afghanistan, it is still significant. North Korea, according to the Chosun Ilbo, produces around 40 tons of opium annually — comparable to Pakistan’s opium industry. Most of its opium is smuggled into and sold in China and cannot be targeted by sanctions, since it is hard to trace on the black market.

Some have speculated that North Korea’s return to opium production has caught the attention of the CIA, as the intelligence agency has a history of involving itself in opium trade and drug-running in general, as evidenced by its well-documented habit of managing drug supplies from Latin America to Asia.

In addition, opioid addiction – in the form of both legal opiate painkillers and illegal drugs – is growing out of control in the U.S., with more opium being consumed within America than ever before. The onset of this epidemic coincided with the U.S.’ occupation of Afghanistan as, between 2002 and 2013, U.S. heroin use jumped by 63 percent, reaching a 20-year high. Heroin overdoses quadrupled in the U.S. within that same timeframe.

The U.S. government’s actions also suggest that it seeks to protect opium production, as has been made clear in its occupation of Afghanistan. For instance, the U.S. vehemently opposes opium legalization efforts and the State Department refuses to acknowledge eradicating opium as a primary goal, despite the billions that have been spent on counternarcotic programs.

With tension increasing on the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. has put “all options on the table” in order  to prevent further missile tests and “provocations” from the Kim Jong-un regime, including warnings that the U.S. may soon find itself in a “major, major conflict” with North Korea.

If North Korea finds itself targeted for regime change, history suggests that the U.S. military may end up guarding its poppy fields as well.

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researchfix's picture

Now it makes sense that we cannot just leave them alone.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Now all of their crazy, war mongering comments make sense. 

The entire NK leadership team must be using drugs.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

North Korea needs some freedom!

brianshell's picture

CIA. CIA. Even if congress cuts off their funding, they would still roll along on the profits from black market ratlines around the world.

It is high time the CIA is shut down.

Ms No's picture

Amen to that.  I think people are far too indoctrinated to do so now though.  The FBI has essentially become the CIA as well.  The NSA needs to go.  The whole damn system is occupied at this point but the CIA and NSA need to go bye bye forever.  You cannot have a free society with a secret government with leverage power against everybody and the ability to kill in secret.... duh.  If the Fed, CIA and NSA were gone we would have a chance.  Only then could you get rid of the rest of the rot.

Troy Ounce's picture


Dynecorp must be salivating.

All those fresh bodies on demand that can be sold in parts!

All those little ophan boys and girls for the Podestas!

The heroine!!!

The serfs!!

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Scrimpy's picture



NK is a threat to the jew world order, and like Russia, has to go!

CharlesBronson's picture

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CK here he is, send him packing

fleur de lis's picture

Lanley does ot want any opium competition.

Now all the threats of battleships and fancy missiles makes sense.

Regime change for snow. 

All the CIA opium out of Afghanistan is still not enough.

All other world wide tyrants take note -- tormenting the populace is consequence free but try for a cut of the narcotics trade and get destroyed.


robertsgt40's picture

Show us your tax returns. 

divingengineer's picture

Uh, oh! They're growing WMDs!!!

Koba the Dread's picture

So do we all need some freedom!

BennyBoy's picture


Banks need moar poppy fields to make 25% off launering drug money!

tdag's picture

There's no market like a cornered market.

The central planners's picture

North Korea also holds the biggest rare earths minerals deposits.

X- x3's picture

Exactly, mineral rich & poppy fields......

North Korea = Afghanistan#2 = Minerals & Opium War Redux 2017

Gotta laugh at those cia wall st-rothschild city of london jackels.

Fuckin' Pavlovian hyenas + BF Skinner birdie-brain behaviour; typical neokohen reponse.


man of Wool's picture

thanks for raing the point. I wan't fully aware of it.

Far more value than 40 tonnes of opium.

divingengineer's picture

Yes, and Stein wants that Ytterbium so bad, he can taste it.

matermaker's picture

You dudes are so banal with your rhetoric.  NORK is not producing shit tons of poppies.  Obviously, none of you know plants and growing zones.  Much less, a starving population is about the worst thing you can have as a government.  Especially when, nobody will sell you food.


This is the deal.   Lavrov was at the House, today.  Russia is imposing no-fly and safe zones in Syria.  There is a ship full of SAM missles heading there, now.  We gave Syria to Russia.   We also gave Korea to China.  The new south prez is their pawn.

I say good riddence.  No reason on earth we didn't need to dump those cull ewes off to folks that care about them more.

First stop abroad for the new president is Saudi, Israel and the Vatican.   He's going there to shake things up.

This is the real story and the real cause for ire amongst the establishment.   AND there is no frigg'n way China will allow the CIA or anyone else from over here to run NORK.   That's just stupid.   It's why they sent a million chinese in ... in 1952

Nexus789's picture

CIA wants a profit share. 

HyperinflatmyNutts's picture

Jim Willie was all over this a while back

Lost in translation's picture

Talked with fam by phone about Mr. Moon earlier this eve. Buzz is he's going to return RoK to the "Sunshine Policy," seeking closer ties to DPRK, sending food aid, reopening the factory, reopen tourism, etc.

I think this presents perfect timing for us to get our entire force structure and footprint the hell OUT of RoK forever. Do it NOW.

My fear is that the "New World" Mr. Moon promises to build isn't going to play out quite like it does in fairy tales, and his constituency will later come running to America crying, "save us!"

NO US tax dollars, NO American blood for RoK. Korean voters spoke; let's use this as a golden opportunity to turn everything there over to THEM, GTHO out of Dodge, and not look back.

Youri Carma's picture

So is the U.S.: "We Help The Cultivation Of Opium Poppies"

The Growth of Opium Trade in Afghanistan is a Direct Result of US Invasion

MEFOBILLS's picture

Shutting down the some 800 overseas military bases and outposts, would go a long way toward preventing CIA from drug running. Without logistic infrastructure provided by bases, then the deep "corrupted" state would be denied their drug money.

If U.S. military returned to continental U.S., where it belongs, it should be configured as a ready reaction force.  It is expensive to police the world, and U.S. taxpayers are taking it in the rear.

 Only an empire forward deploys, to then control its remote subjects.  The founders never intended U.S. to be an empire.


LA_Goldbug's picture

I am starting to visualize that the Special Forces Units are used to eliminate "people" who interfere, steal market share or try to take "unfair advantage" of Anglo-Zionist Drug Cartel.

ThankUGartman's picture

North Korea does not have a Rothchilds controlled central bank making it a target for that reason which supercedes the opium b.s. Of the two, the CIA or the wealthiest banking family with purest bloodline going back to Cain, I'll take the C.I.A Luciferians don't fuck around.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Whether it is opium or the abscene of a Rothschild central bank that drives this particular fucked up  train that is now directed by Trump, I sure didn't vote for it. Oh wait.

Ms No's picture

LOL... They would have had a puppet placed in the position regardless.


BigFatUglyBubble's picture

drivin that train, high on cocaine, casey jones you better watch your speed.  Trouble ahead, trouble behind, don't you know that notion just crossed my mind? don't you know that notion just crossed my miiinddd

bookofenoch's picture

NORK has a gold stockpile too. Gotta steal that.

ds's picture

Well done ! Now another excuse to escalate the political risk of Asia. Go viral that China cannot protect the neighborhood from poppies...more loss of face. SK has chosen so drive the wedge between them and Japan (easy to do given their cultural animosities). N Koreans will overspiil to share the lunches of S Korean and China facing a destabilized buffer state on its border. There are more options than weapons to create proxy. NK is ripe for this role. 

Paradoxcially, only a large segment of Americans underestimate Trump and in their libtard ideologies, The Asians that guard their interests do not take him for granted. Many fake news from Asia too that He is not good for Asia. Not good only for the vested interests in the many crony regimes there. The mid view should be that He is Asia Disruptor, hate him or love him depends on your vested interests in Asia. Do not be duped by the fake news that are being amplified in your lands.


GooseShtepping Moron's picture

I'm sure a North Korea defector living outside the country would still have all kinds of accurate information about Kim's super-secret, black market opium business, and it's not like he would have any reason to lie or exaggerate...

LA_Goldbug's picture

This photo was leaked out showing the interview of Mr. Kang Cheol-hwan for this story.

LA_Goldbug's picture

Joe and Mary 6-pack just don't get it that their gov. personnel are the ones who control the Drug Business with the President as the head Don.

"During 1856–1860, British forces fought towards legalization of the opium trade, to expand coolie trade, to open all of China to British merchants, and to exempt foreign imports from internal transit duties. France joined the British. "

Yehh I know that was then and NOW is different. Well It Is Not.

Ms No's picture

This is all so sick and so dreadfully obvious.  As painful as it is now could you imagine going back 30 years and knowing what you know now?  That would be complete hell.  It was already bad enough before it was this obvious.  There is something about being surrounded by the clueless that is very disconcerting and demoralizing.  Here it is now, right in the open.  Everything you were accused of being an insane conspiracy theorist for believing all along.  Will they notice probably not.  Every time something I believed is proven it just pisses me off.  You would think that you would feel vindicated but you just think back at all the abuse you took for even suggesting all of this obvious systematically erected tyranny and you just want to go back and punch them in the face.   

Even now they would deny it.  It's like Bezmenov said, once indoctrination takes over no amount of evidence in their face will matter.  The term "conspiracy theorist" helped them to silence anyone who had a clue.  None of this was rocket science, it was apparent and growing our entire lives.  I don't know why some people can see the motive behind things and other people are fucking clueless but it's annoying. 

TheNuclearGenie's picture

I rather have the CIA controlling the heroin trade than North Korea. North Korea is probably using its opium revenue to fund its nuclear research. This must be stopped before they develop an ICBM with nuclear warheads. The US ought not to shy away from using napalm on north koreas opium fields.

LA_Goldbug's picture

On a second thought I think this news smells.

Look at the map and think. Countries with opium poppy cultivation.

North Korea has the climate for growing large amounts of Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy ???????

If I was Kim I would start watching "Breaking Bad" and get my ideas from there !!!

Ms No's picture

Good point.  Whether they can or not, you know after Afghanistan and the opium wars that they would if they could.  People actually still support these wars to steal or control drug turf and trade too. 

LA_Goldbug's picture

I wouldn't blame Kim if he was in this business.

But Poppy growing is BULLSHIT.

I read somewhere here that North Korea is mountainous and has poor soil !!!! So it doesn't take a genius to reason that this is not the "product" for them to produce. If they can do A-bombs they can sure as hell produce meth or other exotic drugs.

sinbad2's picture

I think the Ukrainians are now the chief supplier of Ampetamines to the CIA.

LA_Goldbug's picture

Big country and positioned ideally to send the "product" to market.

francis scott falseflag's picture


And the winner for fake news of the week goes to Zero Hedge for their article


North Korea Is A Major Opium Producer (Making It A Prime Target For The CIA)


Congrats go to Tyler Durden for this one.

matermaker's picture

totally agree.       'cause you know... china doesn't know a thing about opium wars or nutt'n.   we gave korea to china and syria to russia.  good deal, i say.

DuneCreature's picture

Yep, I'm going to have to go with you on this one, fsff.

Me thinks the CIA propaganda unit threw a Tootie Roll in the punch bowl here.

Anything to keep the confusion level and 'Fake Newz' zombie alive is the motto from Langley these days.

Tyler(s) get to take the hit on chin from Team Spook.

Shake it off, Durden. .. Get back in there, champ!

Live Hard, I Call, "Squirrel!" Psyop On This Little Gem, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

francis scott falseflag's picture


Glad to hear from you DC.  Thought you were mad at me.