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These animated animals are part of North Korea's effort to export something aside from missiles

You're on a nearly empty plane to Pyongyang, the capital of mysterious North Korea, and the only other passengers are a nuclear nonproliferation expert and a foreign-aid donor. What are you?

A. A Michelin restaurant reviewer?

B. A dotcom boss looking for high-tech computer software?

C. A retiree in search of a summer home?

Before you can say "None of the above," the answer, surprisingly, is B. Hermetic, borderline-sociopathic North Korea is going into the high-tech export business—and customers are buying. True, the trade is tiny and all the purchasers are from South Korea. But it's a start for a nation that was...

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