North Korea hands down recall order to all workers in China
Although three months remain until North Korean workers abroad are required to return home in accordance with a UN Security Council resolution, the regime has suddenly handed down a recall order to workers in China to return home before the December deadline, Daily NK has learned.
The regime may have aimed to ease the pressure on China to adhere to the UN resolution and is instead focusing on other ways to deploy workers abroad, some Daily NK sources have suggested.
“The recall order was sent through the North Korean embassy in China earlier this month to managers of North Korean workers in the country,” a source familiar with the order told Daily NK. “If no unforeseen events prevent it from happening, it will likely be carried out.”
UN Security Council Resolution 2397 calls on all North Korean workers overseas to return home by December 22, but the North Korean authorities have reportedly decided to recall their workers a day earlier, on December 21.
It is not clear, however, whether the recall order applies to all North Korean workers in China or only those working in the Sino-North Korean border region. “The recall order will most likely take specific effect with regards to workers living and working at factories near the Sino-North Korean border, such as Jilin Province where many workers reside,” another Daily NK source said. ......