►▼ Does North Korea have any diplomatic outposts abroad other than embassies (such as consulates)?
Yes. North Korea has consulates general in Shenyang, China; Nakhodka, Russia; Karachi, Pakistan; and Hong Kong. There are also DPRK consulates in Khabarovsk, Russia and Dandong, China, and a DPRK representative office in Minsk, Belarus. Additionally, there are DPRK missions to UN offices in New York and Geneva, and a DPRK representative office in Paris handles North Korean relations with UNESCO.
►▼ Does North Korea only maintain diplomatic relationships with countries where it has an embassy?
No. Several of North Korea's ambassadors are accredited to multiple countries, and North Korea has maintained trade and political relations with countries where it does not have an embassy.
►▼ What is the relationship between North Korea's embassies and its external economic activities?
North Korea's embassies abroad are often expected to be responsible for covering their operating costs through income-earning activities, and to provide hard currency ("loyalty payments") to the North Korean government. DPRK diplomats have therefore been reported to have engaged in a variety of economic activities, both licit and illicit. According to reports by the UN Panel of Experts on North Korea sanctions, North Korea has used its diplomatic personnel to facilitate sanctions evasion, arms sales, and WMD-related transactions. Additionally, North Korean diplomatic staff have been expelled from multiple countries for engaging in activities such as drug trafficking.