The Korean online gambling war
By maddy
Pyeongyang-based North Korean Internet gambling enterprise lodged a public complaint this week in reaction to a South Korean lawmaker's gripe over South Koreans' money flowing into North Korea.

The complaint which was posted on the official website of Representative Park Won-hong of the Grand National Party is the first time that North Korea has posted any message on South Korean government website.

‘More than $5 million had been sent annually to N. Korea. South Koreans are illegally sending money to North Korea by using credit card payments and bank transfers to DPR Korea Lotto, an Internet gambling enterprise operated by North Korea,’ said Park last October during a National Assembly inspection of the Ministry of Unification.

The online gambling operator says Mr. Park's claim is groundless and demands evidence of his claim. DPR Korea Lotto claims its monthly income is no more than $40,000 and profit is less than $10,000 and running under losses. The lawmaker's office said an Internet user identification number proved it came from North Korea.

Park's aide, Lee Jong-heon adds that more than the money its not acceptable that South Koreans are paying the North in return for Internet gambling, which is forbidden by their laws.

Unification Ministry officials add that it is definitely illegal to gamble through the North Korean site. According to them, a South Korean customer who wants to access the North Korean Internet gambling service must obtain a permit under the Inter-Korean exchange laws first.

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