Mongolia will be one of two
countries to replace North Korean foreign workers in the Czech Republic
being forced to return home.
The Czech government will not
renew the work visas of some 200 North Korean workers. Czech officials
have said the North Korean workers will not be allowed to return due
to North Korea’s refusal to abide by United Nations’ resolutions
on their nuclear armaments program.
Additionally, countries employing
North Korean workers have been warned that employees are often forced
to hand over pay to the North Korean government, as opposed to retaining
"Because the North Korean
government takes a major portion of workers' salaries, these arrangements
provide material support for a rogue government, its nuclear ambitions,
and its human-rights atrocities," Jay Lefkowitz, a U.S. presidential
envoy for North Korean Human Rights, said in an opinion piece in the
Wall Street Journal earlier this year.
Besides Mongolia, Viet Nam
will be invited to send workers to the Czech Republic.
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