North Korean workers queue for a flight to Pyongyang at an airport in Beijing in March. Photo: AFP North Korean workers queue for a flight to Pyongyang at an airport in Beijing in March. Photo: AFP
North Korean workers queue for a flight to Pyongyang at an airport in Beijing in March. Photo: AFP

North Korea cashes in on citizens working in China and Russia but their time is running out

  • According to estimates by the US mission to the UN, the overseas workers are worth more than US$500 million a year to Pyongyang
  • But the UN Security Council set Sunday’s deadline for their return two years ago, as part of efforts to press the North over its weapons programmes

Topic |   North Korea
North Korean workers queue for a flight to Pyongyang at an airport in Beijing in March. Photo: AFP North Korean workers queue for a flight to Pyongyang at an airport in Beijing in March. Photo: AFP
North Korean workers queue for a flight to Pyongyang at an airport in Beijing in March. Photo: AFP
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