Report: N. Korean narcotics factories disocvered

Japanese police have identified at least three factories in North Korea that are suspected of manufacturing narcotics for the international black market, a news report said Saturday. Investigators pinpointed the suspected amphetamine factories by questioning North Korean smugglers arrested in Japan, analyzing seized drugs, tracking boats suspected of smuggling the drugs and scrutinizing satellite photos of the isolated regime, according to a report in the mass-circulation daily, Yomiuri Shimbun. The suspected factories - in the eastern city of Wonsan, Chonjin in the northeast, and Nampo, southwest of Pyongyang - are thought to be linked to the North Korean state, which uses government ships to smuggle the drugs out of the country, the Yomiuri said. The report cited Hiroto Yoshimura, vice director of Japan's National Police Agency, who testified at a closed-door session of the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna on Wednesday.