1000s of North Korean labourers in US-allied Gulf nations

2017-07-28 19:32
In Pyongyang, people celebrate the news of the intercontinental ballistic missile. (Jon Chol Jin, AP)

In Pyongyang, people celebrate the news of the intercontinental ballistic missile. (Jon Chol Jin, AP)

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Dubai - Thousands of North Korean labourers work in four US-allied nations in the Persian Gulf, earning hard currency for Pyongyang despite international sanctions as pressure grows over its nuclear weapons programme.

Officials and experts say North Korea's government uses that money to buy missile parts. Meanwhile, they say labourers in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates face conditions akin to forced labour while eating little food and suffering physical abuse.

Two officials familiar with Pyongyang's tactics told The Associated Press that North Korean labourers even have worked on an expansion of a military base in the UAE, home to US forces fighting the Islamic State group.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential intelligence reports.

Read more on:    kuwait  |  qatar  |  oman  |  north korea  |  uae  |  north korea nuclear programme  |  military

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