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The now-shuttered Pyongyang Restaurant in a commercial district in northern Jakarta.

Southeast Asia clamping down on North Korean businesses

Development constricts Pyongyang's key income source amid sanctions

JUN SUZUKI and TOMOMI KIKUCHI, Nikkei staff writers | North Korea

JAKARTA/SINGAPORE -- North Korea is facing significant setbacks in its efforts to earn foreign currency, as the murder of the estranged half brother of leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia has dramatically soured Pyongyang's relations with Southeast Asia, one of the few regions where the rogue state enjoyed cordial ties.

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