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Sunday July 9, 2017

Spies like us What sanctions? North Korea’s economy grew at its fastest pace in 17 years in 2016, despite the isolated country facing international sanctions aimed at curbing its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Todd Crowell reports that Pyongyang does not publish economic data but South Korea’s central bank figures say gross domestic product in the North last year rose 3.9% from the previous year and this expansion, driven by mining and energy, marked the biggest rise since 1999.

Sanctions? What sanctions? North Korea’s economy grew at its fastest pace in 17 years in 2016, despite the isolated country facing international sanctions aimed at curbing its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Christine Kim reports that Pyongyang does not publish economic data but South Korea’s central bank figures say gross domestic product in the North last year rose 3.9% from the previous year and this expansion, driven by mining and energy, marked the biggest rise since 1999.