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)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.