Sources claim tourists are still travelling to Pyongyang from China despite tourist groups being officially banned by the US Government from entering the country.
Local businesses are reported to still be bringing in tourists into the rogue state by working around official Chinese Government policies.
Nicholas Bonner, the founder of the Bejing-based travel company Koryo, said “nothing has changed” despite the new United Nation sanctions imposed on North Korea.
He said: “It’s the same as it always has been. You’re with two guides all the time, you’re being looked after.
“We give everyone an hours briefing before they come to the country, we go with them around the country and provide you understand that this is not a holiday – it’s an experience – you can avoid any problems.”
Tourism is not banned under United Nations sanctions and it’s considered to be one of the last means for the Kim regime to make hard cash.
Speaking to CNN, Mr Bonner dismissed claims tourist groups revenue could help North Korea support its dangerous nuclear weapons programme.
He said: “We run a company of 12 people. We take half the tourists going in, and we survive just. None of us is rolling around in Rolls Royces and swanking it up.
“It’s a tough business but we are in it because we find it fascinating. I believe very strongly in engagement: I think tourism not only opens your eyes. it certainly opens the North Koreans’ eyes.”
But experts estimate tourism generates around $44 million (£32.9 million) in annual revenue for North Korea.
North Korea has been fueling fears of World War 3 with its persistent defiance of orders to abandon its nuclear programme.
It is suggested US President Donald Trump – who has been engaged in a verbal spat with leader Kim Jong-un since Summer 2017 – may be on the verge to unleash a pre-emptive strike on Pyongyang.