Room 39

Room 39 is an organization established by Kim Jong Il. Kan Myong-do explained Room 39 as follows:

Room 39 was the dying of the wandering North Korean economy. It is easy to see why Kim Jong Il founded Room 39 in 1974.
I needed money. At the time, Kim Jong Il was eagerly distributing foreign products to executives, such as televisions, radios, refrigerators, Omega, and Rolex. He was so enthusiastic that he was pleased with the joy of the executives and laid his power base. Kim Jong Il, who enjoyed the power of gold, needed more money. That was Room 39.
Room 39 is a huge monopoly in the north. In addition to monopolizing gold ore, silver ore, zinc ore and smelters, exports of marine products and pine mushrooms can only be made through Room 39.
If any other period modifies them, they will be recoiled.
The advent of Room 39 has wiped out the safe of the Cabinet. For example, it seems that Taesong Bank, which is affiliated with Room 39, has money, but the Foreign Trade Bank, which is run by the State Council, has little money.
As a result, since the mid-1980s, the most important foreign economic challenge was borrowing money from foreign countries.
If he borrowed a million dollars from abroad, he would have won the title “Effort Hero”. (Kan Myong-do, North Korea’s Top Secret)

The external name of Room 39 is also clear.

Room 39 uses a dummy called “Korea Taesong Trading Company” when conducting foreign transactions. In a capitalist society, Taesong is North Korea’s first conglomerate. Taesong deals with everything from marine products such as cod, crab, and white croaker to matsutake mushrooms, clothing, machinery, colored metals, electronics, gold nuggets, silver nuggets, and copper.
There are tens of thousands of staff alone.
It also has branch offices in Japan, Hong Kong, Beijing and Vienna. (Ibid.)

Room 39 is also mentioned in Brain Harden’s Escape from the 14th Office.

Kim Kan-jin studied English literature at Kim Il Sung University. Prior to asylum in Korea, he specialized in the management of state-run international insurance fraud.
In the wake of an industrial accident or natural disaster in North Korea, he claimed insurance claims and raised hundreds of millions of dollars from world-famous insurance companies.
Most of it flows to the dear leader.
In early February 2003, Kim Kan Jin was watching his colleagues in his office in Singapore pack $ 20 million in cash into two sturdy bags and send them to Pyongyang via Beijing.
The cash was delivered to Room No. 39 of the Workers Party of Korea Central Committee. The infamous organization, or secretariat, was established by Kim Jong Il in the 1970s to earn foreign currency and to build his own power base independent of his father, who was still governing the country at the time. was.
According to Kim (and many defectors and published reports), Room 39 not only buys luxury goods to keep the North Korean elite’s loyalty, but also makes foreign parts for missiles and other weapons development. They also offered a purchase price. (Brain Harden, Escape from the 14th Office)

It is important to note that funds raised by Room 39 have been used to develop missiles and other weapons.