Dec. 29 (UPI) — North Korean authorities could have banned the usage of international foreign money in casual markets, the place bizarre North Koreans generate most of their earnings, in accordance with a Japanese press report.

Citing South Korean authorities sources, the Asahi Shimbun reported Tuesday North Korea’s ban on currencies just like the U.S. greenback and the Chinese language yuan apply to the greater than 500 marketplaces. North Korean patrons and sellers largely settle for foreign currency echange for transactions, in accordance with the report.

The brand new regulation might be a part of North Korean coverage to rein in market forces which have made the state-planned enterprises much less related to folks’s livelihoods.

North Korea’s foreign money, the received, appreciated in 2020, the report mentioned. The foreign money, which traded at 8,000 received to the greenback, could have appreciated to six,000 received in October. The rise within the worth of the North Korean received might be the direct results of the state ban on foreign currency echange, in accordance with the Asahi’s sources.

The report additionally mentioned there’s proof a serious dealer of international foreign money was “executed” upon orders. Pyongyang Medical College’s alleged procurement of prohibited South Korean provides earlier this yr may have been the results of the crackdown on international trade transactions.

Dong Yong-sueng, senior fellow on the Samsung Financial Analysis Institute within the South, informed the Asahi North Korea’s international foreign money ban seems to be “a part of the structural reform that may come out of North Korea’s five-year plan,” which is predicted to be made public in January, throughout Pyongyang’s Eighth Celebration Congress.

North Korea launched an 80-day marketing campaign in October to understand targets in each sector of the financial system, together with in science and expertise.

Korean Employees’ Celebration newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported Tuesday North Korean college college students took half in pc programming contests hosted by CodeChef, primarily based in India.

The North Korean college students from Kim Il Sung College and different establishments received “a number of rounds” within the month-to-month programming competitors, state media mentioned.