One of the ways to defeat an enemy nation is to destroy their economy. It allows for a defeat without firing a single bullet or missile and its impact and last for years.
Some officials in the United States and South Korea are concerned that this is what North Korea may be attempting to do. A bank in Seoul discovered what they called a ‘suprenote’ US $100 bill. It’s called a supernote because the quality is so high that it was difficult for currency experts to distinguish it from genuine $100 bills.
If they bank spotted one fake bill, there is no telling how many more could be in circulation in South Korea or making their way to other countries and possibly back to the US.
(Telegraph) – Suspicions are growing that North Korea has resumed forging $100 dollar bills that are so realistic that they are virtually indistinguishable from genuine currency.
It took a team of forgery specialists at South Korea’s KEB Hana Bank to confirm that a single $100 bill found at a branch in Seoul in November was a fake. The discovery has triggered alarm because authorities have no idea how many similar “supernotes” – named because they are so similar to real banknotes – are now in circulation.
While previous “supernotes” were dated either 2001 or 2003, the new forgeries are dated 2006 and are even more sophisticated in the ink, the printing processes and the material that they use.
The forgeries also change colour when they are viewed from a different angle, just as genuine notes should, while the slightly rough texture of the note has also been accurately copied, a spokesman for Hana Bank told South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper…
The reason officials believe that North Korea could be behind the fake bills is that the rogue nation has counterfeited US $100 bills in the past, but they were never this high of a quality and so hard to distinguish from real bills. If the bills can be traced back to North Korea, what are President Trump’s options?