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Old 12-14-2009, 08:30 AM   #1
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Default North Korea currency change sparks panic

From: G. Edward Griffin's site:
North Korean government issues new currency, giving one new for 100 old. The maximum allowed is equivalent to $740. Those with savings in excess of that will lose it all. The emerging middle class will be destroyed. Inflation caused by fiat money always ends this way. It is the ultimate tax.
BBC Posted 2009 Dec 4 (Cached)
North Korea currency change sparks panic

December 4, 2009
By Michael Bristow
BBC News, Seoul

North Koreans are "devastated" following currency reforms that could wipe out their savings, reports say.

Ordinary people are reported to be desperately trying to buy as many goods as they can with the old currency while it is still valid.

The government told its people on Monday that it was knocking two noughts off the nominal value of banknotes.

Experts say this will help tackle inflation and increase officials' control over an already impoverished population.

They say the Pyongyang government particularly wants to rein in the activities of free markets that have sprung up across North Korea.

Economic hardship

The North Korean government was initially quiet about the reform - telling its own people, but not the rest of the world.

But on Friday South Korea's Yonhap news agency said a Japan-based newspaper with links to the North had confirmed the news.

Yonhap quoted an interview the newspaper had conducted with a North Korean central bank official.

The North Korean banker said international sanctions, natural disasters and the fall of the communist bloc had created economic hardship.

This has forced the North to adjust its currency, Yonhap quoted the official as saying.
Under the new system, an old 1,000 North Korean won note will now be worth just 10 won.


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