trade sources have told RFA that North Korean trade officials are
being redeployed to previous and other assignments in China in an unparalleled step by the authorities.
sent overseas would usually serve only one term in a country. There
have been no reasons given for the change in policy for those serving
in China, but it has been speculated that either requests from staff
based in China to Pyongyang to stay in their current roles or the
regime trying to utilize the experienced staff to continue building
relations are the reasons for the about-turn.
Chinese merchant stated that a North Korean he knew had been posted
to Dandong for five years. After returning to North Korea, the
official has been re-posted to Beijing. The merchant indicated that
this was the first time he had seen any officials being returned to
posts in China after previously serving in the country.
postings are highly desired positions for North Korean citizens due
to the access to foreign goods, cash and lifestyles that would be
difficult to match back home.