20 North Korean restaurants overseas close down in the wake of…

first_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak SHARE Facebook Twitter News According to South Korea’s NationalIntelligence Service [NIS], at least 20 overseas restaurants operated by NorthKorea have either been shut down or gone out of business in the aftermath ofinternational sanctions implemented against the country..“These restaurants were struggling from anabrupt decline in customers, and we’ve seen 20 places in China, the UAE, andother countries close their doors temporarily or shut down completely, and thistrend is spreading elsewhere,” NIS Director Lee Byung Ho said at aparliamentary briefing on North Korean affairs, according to Saenuri Partylawmaker Lee Cheol Woo (who was in attendance). The NIS chief also reported that theparticipation of each country in the implementation of UN sanctions againstNorth Korea is proving effective. There have already been visible results inthe fields of shipping and tourism, and gradual effects are starting to show intrade and finance. He added that fishing and cargo vessels from North Korea aremore frequently being denied port entry, and ship registrations are beingcanceled. In addition, the NIS chief stated that thegroup of 13 North Korean employees at the Ryugyong Restaurant in Ningbo,Zhejiang Province who defected on the 7th of April were originally planning toflee with seven more workers, which would have put the total at 20. However,the remaining seven backed out at the last minute due to concerns aboutretribution toward their families. The NIS chief also dismissed Pyongyang’sallegations that the defection a mass kidnapping orchestrated by Seoul’s spyagency. Rep. Lee confirmed that the director told the meeting that the workerswere holding legal North Korean passports and left on their own will. Director Lee also explained why the NISchose to report the defection at an early stage, saying, “North Korea alreadyknew the defectors had gone to South Korea, and because it was a large groupand unusual in nature, we had no reason not to disclose it.” He added that itwas in no way an attempt to rally support for the ruling party ahead of thegeneral election.On the upcoming Party Congress in theNorth, the NIS chief said he believes it will end up being an internalfestivity and not much more. According to Rep. Lee, the NIS chiefconfirmed that North Korea did not invite any foreign delegates to the event,and the NIS believes this is due to the fact that there are no significanteconomic achievements to tout and that conditions are not conducive to publiclylaying out the country’s future vision.Earlier in the week, a senior official fromSeoul’s foreign ministry said, “North Korea does not seem to be interested ininviting a lot of foreign guests and throwing a huge celebration as it didduring the 6th Party Congress.” The official added that the ministry is notaware of any countries with delegates that are planning to attend, and the fewinvited have notified Seoul that they will not go. Regarding the likelihood of a fifth nucleartest, Rep. Lee said the spy chief stated that North Korea was believed to haveprepared for the fifth test while conducting the fourth, meaning that it isready to carry out another test upon orders from Kim Jong Un at any time. AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img By Daily NK – 2016.04.29 6:10pm News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest 20 North Korean restaurants overseas close down in the wake of sanctions News last_img

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