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Federal case sheds light on North Korea's role in global meth trade

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North Korean soldiers march during a military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of North Korea's founder Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-Un delivered his first public speech on April 15 and vowed to push for "final victory" for his impoverished state despite a failed rocket launch two days ago. PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea is known to be one of the most reclusive countries in the world. But a recent federal case is shining some light on how the country seems to be a growing market for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Last week, five men were extradited to the US and charged with allegedly conspiring to smuggle crystal meth made in North Korea to the U.S. The DEA says case demonstrates "the emergence of North Korea as a significant source of methamphetamine in the global drug trade."

To give us some insight into how and why North Korea got involved in the drug trade, we're joined by Isaac Stone Fish, associate editor at Foreign Policy magazine. Mr. Fish has visited North Korea and written about the drug trade there. 

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