South Korea’s intelligence agency says poor conditions for North Koreans working overseas have led to “incidents and accidents”, while researchers report rare protests and unrest in China among workers from a North Korean military-linked trading company.
Fed up with unpaid wages and lingering pandemic lockdowns, as many as 3,000 North Korean workers in China staged protests last month, according to two South Korean government-affiliated researchers, including a former North Korean diplomat.
Reuters could not independently confirm the protests.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said they were “not aware” of the issue when asked about it at a daily briefing Thursday. The North Korean embassy in Beijing and its consular office in the Chinese border city of Dandong did not respond to calls from Reuters seeking comment.