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How North Korea successfully navigates sanctions

Kim Jong-un.
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If diplomacy with North Korea fails at the summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the regime already has a system in place to navigate international pressure, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: The regime has hundreds of operatives around the world, helping the country side-step sanctions, per the Journal. The various schemes carried out by the operatives generated "hundreds of millions a dollars a year in cash and goods." A former Asia diplomat at the State Department, Daniel Russel, told WSJ: "North Korea has an army of these people."