...or: Chatting with Chinese secretary
I did some research about the North Korean Tanchon Mining Machine Factory, a well known actor in the DPRK, often mentioned in various reports and a factory the North Koreans are proud of.
Looking for this factory I was guided to one company in China, named Xinhai Machine. Why? Because on their website they are aggregating news from their industry.Beside others they offered me an article in an North Korean journal I sometimes read anyway:
Staying a few seconds on their website I received friendly help:
I didn't want to frustrate my business-minded star and so I started an interesting chat, which offered me some insights into trading with - firstly - totally unaware people:
Due to the easy atmosphere I decided to be straightforward:
Following the email is easy and I found a few interesting clues, e.g. about their participation in the 12th International Exhibition of Mine, Mining, Construction Machinery and Related Equipment in Iran (2016):
More interesting was looking for all the various email-addresses Xinhai seems to use, beside others this one: firstname.lastname@example.org, which leads me to the website http://www.xinhaimining.com/. The contact details are precise and show that both websites mentioned here are representing the same company. The following grim face is from Mr. Ding Hui:
Their websites mentions an interesting project which is possibly sanctioned:
Due to my tight timetable I didn't dig deeper, but I am sure behind those friendly faces in Iran, Sudan etc. something is to find:
My chat showed me again how simple it is for the regime in Pyongyang to circumvent sanctions and to gain money. A trader who is asking about the meaning of "DPRK" will not hesitate to deliver any item to PYC.