North Korea’s Economy Contracted in 2015 Amid Nuclear Ambitions

  • Economic growth fell 1.1%, the biggest decline since 2007
  • Kim’s regime conducted fourth nuclear test at start of 2016

The bronze statue of Kim Il Sung stands on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang.

Photographer: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

North Korea’s economy last year is estimated to have contracted the most since 2007 as its leader Kim Jong Un marshaled resources for nuclear tests and ballistic missile development.

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