Several Chinese online payment platforms have denied a media report linking them to a casino in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang.
South Korean media outlet NK News reported that Casino Pyongyang at the Yanggakdo Hotel was offering guests online money transferring services via China’s Alipay and UnionPay platforms.
The casino has reportedly recently begun offering free WiFi to its guests which allows visitors to access the services.
In the article, NK News published a photo taken at the property in December of a desk display which shows Alipay and UnionPay logos.
The report noted that facilitating international financial transactions for any business connected with the North Korean regime could be a violation of UN and US sanctions.
An Alipay spokesperson said it was “untrue that Alipay is available at a Pyongyang casino” and denied the existence of “any partnership with the casino in Pyongyang”.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Shanghai-based UnionPay clarified that the company has “absolutely no” involvement with the casino.