Click the button on the top right of the video player to purchase the film through our host, Vimeo. You will need to make an account to complete the purchase. 

Not seeing a purchase option? Unfortunately this means that the video is not available to watch in your location.

information icon

Need help?

Bureau 39: Kim's Cash Machine (2020)

59m | English | Carl Gierstorfer & Sebastian Weis

How is it possible that North Korea, one of the poorest countries on earth finances a nuclear weapons programme large enough to challenge the USA? The answer: Bureau 39, a legendary organization nestled deep inside the government apparatus. Its aim is to procure foreign exchange by any means possible to provide Kim Jong-un’s regime with money.


Printing dollars, dealing drugs, smuggling arms, insurance fraud, human trafficking – nothing is too unscrupulous for North Korea’s money makers.


Years of research have given us unique access to insiders. They reveal the most spectacular cases and breath-taking tricks of how North Korea has been circumventing UN sanctions to finance its nuclear arsenal for decades.

Bureau 39 Kim's Cash Machine

Watch related documentaries