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North Korea has 3 new insurance companies

North Korea has launched three insurance firms in an apparent effort to attract foreign capital, a report showed Sunday.

According to the report by the Korea Institute of Finance in Seoul, North Korea set up the three non-life insurance firms - Pukguksong Insurance Company, Samhae Insurance Company and Mirae Reinsurance Company - between 2016 and 2017.

North Korea’s insurance market is believed to have been dominated by its state-run Choson Minjok Insurance General Company, which was set up in 1947.

Establishing non-life insurance firms is believed to be aimed at attracting foreign capital into the North’s special economic zones, the report said.

Pukguksong Insurance is responsible for insurance products on fire, technology and agriculture, while Samhae Insurance is responsible for ships and maritime cargo, according to the report.

Mirae Reinsurance is believed to be North Korea’s first and the only reinsurance firm, the report said.

After years of nuclear and missile tests, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been involved in diplomacy since early last year.

In June last year, U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim held a historic summit in Singapore, where they agreed on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. However, there has been little progress on details of how to achieve the goal.

Trump and Kim are set to hold a second summit in Vietnam later this month. Analysts expect the upcoming summit to focus on dismantling the North’s main nuclear complex, while Pyongyang seeks the easing of sanctions.

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