April 05, 2018 11:45
North Korea has resumed the dispatch of laborers to China, and an exodus of those already there has stopped since leader Kim Jong-un's visit to Beijing, Radio Free Asia reported Tuesday.
In compliance with intensifying international sanctions against North Korea, China had stopped issuing work permits for North Korean laborers.
But RFA quoted local sources as saying they have become ubiquitous again near the border.
A source in Yanbian said that some 400 women laborers arrived at Helong from North Korea on Monday. And a resident in Dandong said several buses crossed the Apnok River bridge from Sinuiju and about 100 women laborers got off at the customs office.
The North Korean regime is busy recruiting laborers for workplaces in China, and North Korean laborers in China are visiting Sinuiju from Dandong and coming back only a day after renewing their border pass, RFA added.
Dandong's economy came to a grinding halt in the wake of the UN sanctions but now seems to be recovering as North Korean traders return, the Sankei Shimbun said Wednesday.
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