July 21, 2017 11:09
U.S. Congressman Ted Poe denounced the North Korean regime as "a slave trader" in its exploitative labor exports, Radio Free Asia reported on Wednesday.
Speaking in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday, Poe said, "A new soccer stadium in St. Petersburg, a luxury apartment complex in Moscow, all brought to Russia by North Korean slaves."
"These slaves get almost no wages, no holidays, with little food or sleep," he added. "Little Kim [North Korean leader Kim Jong-un] not only enslaves his own people at home, he runs an international slave trade," he said. "This is state-sponsored human trafficking and slavery."
"The slave network brings in $2 billion to $3 billion every year to the North Korean military complex and helps little Kim evade sanctions."
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department did not put the North back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The North was removed from the list in 2008 amid hopes that it would agree to dismantle its nuclear program.
Only three countries -- Iran, Sudan and Syria -- remain on the list.
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