June 13, 2016 12:14
North Korea is sending active servicemen as construction workers to the Middle East, Radio Free Asia reported last Thursday.
A source said increasing numbers of soldiers are sent to the region through North Korean construction firms Namkang and Cholhyon.
Namkang has about 800 workers in Kuwait and 750 in Qatar who come from the Army corps of engineers, according to the source. Cholhyon has also increased numbers of servicemen working there since it first sent about 70 soldiers to Kuwait in 2010.
Of its 3,200 workers in Kuwait, 30 percent are soldiers.
The regime tells soldiers to grow their hair before they are dispatched to the Middle East to disguise them as civilians, RFA said.
The regime is probably using soldiers because it does not have to pay them for their work and they are easier to control than civilian laborers.
The regime already steals most of the wages of laborers in the Middle East, who are kept in virtual slavery at building sites and work in atrocious conditions even by the low standards of the region.
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