North Korea [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] has been making headlines in the crypto-ecosystem over the past few months, ever since the news of cyber-attackers based in the country surfaced. North Korean hackers were able to get away with $670 million in fiat and cryptocurrencies. With international sanctions being imposed on the country’s trade by international regulatory bodies, North Korea is moving ahead with the plan of mapping out its own cryptocurrency, to avoid its economy from being paralyzed.
This can also be argued to be DPRK’s attempt to dodge the American-dominated marketplace. Towards this effort, Pyongyang has been accelerating its efforts to gather more information on the wider use of cryptocurrencies. In fact, according to reports, home-grown experts are being appointed for boosting the applications of blockchain and cryptocurrency in the country.
Till date, North Korea has kept its gates closed to foreign fiat currencies. Yet, with continuous trade bans from regulatory bodies, DPRK sees no option but to move towards the world of digital assets. According to Cao de Benos, the man in-charge of North Korea’s cryptocurrency conferences,
“We are still in the very early stages in the creation of the token. Now, we are in the phase of studying the goods that will give value to it, There are no plans to digitize the [North Korean] won for now.”
According to these reports, the North Korean regime already has the expertise that is required to build and deploy its own cryptocurrency.
If these reports are true, North Korea will be following the efforts of other countries such as Iran and Cuba, both of whom are experiementing with cryptocurrencies to evade the effects of American sanctions.