|North Korean propaganda posters|
The question arises: where will the bank go now ? It sorely needs a new intermediary bank, to disguise the point of origin of its international transactions funding its arms sales. Most traditional offshore financial centres appear to be avoiding any contact; are Iran and Venezuela the only candidates that it can count on to disguise, and quietly transfer, its illicit profits ? I cannot think of any other close allies who would assist.
Nevertheless, it is possible that the DPRK will seek new venues, in its quest to disguise its global arms transactions payments, and compliance officers need to be vigilant. Have you seen new, large international wire transactions, coming from, or through Asia, that appear to be inconsistent with a bank client's normal lines of business ? Foreign Trade Bank needs a new pipeline, to receive and forward its arms payments; make sure you do not, unwittingly, facilitate any DPRK funds transfers.