Is Coca-Cola Now for Sale in North Korea?

A YouTube video has many wondering whether the quintessential American soda has crossed the North Korean border
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Coca-Cola in North Korea? It just might be: New footage of diners being served Coke in a restaurant has the world buzzing about whether the highly secretive nation has allowed one American conglomerate in. 

The video isn't that revealing: The Telegraph reports that it's a video of tourists being served at a pizza restaurant in Pyongyang, where they were served two American favorites: pizza and Coke. The restaurant, supposedly a venture between North Korea and Italy, says that the iconic red-and-white drink is actually "Italian coke." So no one really knows what's exactly in that cup. 

However, Coke in North Korea may not be all that new: defectors from the country told the Agence France-Presse news agency that Coca-Cola was popping up in stores in 1989, after the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students in Pyongyang, and that Coke shipments from China began appearing in 2002.

The company has responded and said that any Coca-Cola products in North Korea would have come from "unauthorized third parties," and that the company doesn't do business with North Korea. If North Korea really does have citizens guzzling Coke, that means there's only one country left not drinking Coke: Cuba. Coca-Cola recently announced it would begin selling again in Myanmar this summer after trade restrictions were lifted, reports the LA Times. 

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