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Dec 31, 2010

Room 39

Room 39 (also known as Bureau 39, Division 39, or Office 39) is the secret government of the Republic of Korea Democratic People's organizations are looking for ways to maintain foreign currency slush funds from Kim Jong-il, North Korean National Defense Commission Chairman.

The organization holds as much as $ 5 billion fund, and may be involved in illegal activities, such as counterfeiting.

Although North Korea's state-exile made it difficult to evaluate the type of information, many claim that Room 39 is very important for the continued strength of Kim Jong-il, enabled him to buy political support and to help fund the North Korean nuclear program weapons.

Room 39 was founded in the late 1970s. It has been described as the lynchpin called "economic justice" North centers on Kim family dynasty. It is not known how the name came from.

In early 2010, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that Kim Dong Un, head of the department, was replaced by his deputy, Jon Il Chun.

The Chosun Ilbo reported that Room 38, led by Kim Tong-il was merged into Room 39 at the end of 2009, but then the two split again in 2010 because of difficulties in obtaining foreign currency.

Very little is known about Room 39 because of the nature surrounding the secret organization, but many speculate that the organization uses a bank account 10 to 20 in China and Switzerland for the purpose of counterfeiting, money laundering and other illicit transactions. It also alleges that Room 39 was involved in smuggling drugs and illegal weapons sales. Known, however, that the organization has 120 foreign trade companies under the jurisdiction and under the direct control of Kim Jong-il. North Korea has denied taking part in illegal activities. Room 39 is also involved in the management of foreign currency income from foreign hotels' in Pyongyang, gold and zinc mining, and agriculture and fisheries exports. The company is believed to be controlled by the Room 39 include Zokwang Trade and Taesong Bank.

A 2007 report published by the Millennium Project World Federation of UN Associations said that North Korea makes about $ 500 million to $ 1 billion per year from criminal activity. And report 2006 by the Congressional Research Service estimated that at least 45 million U.S. dollars in counterfeit currency from North Korea have been detected in circulation.

Room 39 accused the United States military technology sales to earn foreign currency, which North Korea rejected. 39 Rooms are also believed to operate a restaurant chain overseas North Korea, Pyongyang.

39 rooms believed to be in the ruling Workers' Party building in Pyongyang, not far from the villa Mr Kim. Room 39 in fiction

Room 39 is featured as low-level enemy factions in the video game "Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction", where they are referred to as "Division 39". They are involved in illegal activities together with their counterparts in the real world.


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