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  • Main Title Drug Trafficking and North Korea: Issues for U.S. Policy


  • Author: Perl, Raphael F.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division


  • Name: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.


  • Creation: 2005-03-04


  • English


  • Content Description: At least 50 documented incidents in more than 20 countries around the world, many involving arrest or detention of North Korean diplomats, link North Korea to drug trafficking. Such events, in the context of credible, but unproven, allegations of large scale state sponsorship of drug production and trafficking, raise important issues for the United States and its allies in combating international drug trafficking. The challenge to policy makers is how to pursue an effective counter drug policy and comply with U.S. law which may require cutting off aid to North Korea while pursuing other high-priority U.S. foreign policy objectives including (1) limiting possession and production of weapons of mass destruction; (2) limiting ballistic missile production and export; (3) curbing terrorism, counterfeiting, and international crime; and (4) addressing humanitarian needs.
  • Physical Description: 18 pages.


  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Drug abuse
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Foreign relations - North Korea - U.S.
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Foreign relations - U.S. - North Korea
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Drug traffic - North Korea
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Foreign policy


  • Place Name: North Korea


  • Name: Congressional Research Service Reports
    Code: CRSR


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • CRS Report Number: RL32167
  • Accession or Local Control No: RL32167 2005-03-04
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metacrs6479