November 03, 2016 12:32
North Korea is seeking to send slave laborers to mines in Mongolia, Radio Free Asia reported Tuesday.
It remains to be seen whether the attempt will be successful as the UN Security Council deliberates further sanctions against the renegade country that could brand its labor exports as exploitative.
"The North Korean authorities recently set up ways to make use of its workforce, and keeps trying to make contacts with the Mongolian side," RFA quoted a Mongolian source as saying.
The source said Mongolia is recruiting foreign miners and the North will most likely jump at the opportunity.
Mongolia has employed North Korean workers since 2008. Their number peaked at 5,000 in 2013, but due to a recession there are now only about 1,000 left.
- Copyright © Chosunilbo & Chosun.com