By Walt Hickey Laundering The U.S. Justice Department has charged 28 North Koreans and five Chinese citizens with laundering $2.5 billion through the global banking system to fuel the hermit kingdom’s nuclear weapon program. The government says they used over 250 shell companies to shuttle the money around — through China, Austria, Libya, Kuwait, Thailand and Russia — using the Foreign Trade Bank as their vehicle. Two former presidents of the bank were charged with conspiracy, bank fraud, money laundering, and operating a criminal enterprise.
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