NORTH KOREA: Why do UN sanctions fail to eradicate North Korea’s exploitative operations?
Sevara Pan
Sevara Pan
Journalist and film critic.
Published date: November 4, 2019

How can North Korea, one of the world’s most heavily sanctioned nations, continue to earn enough foreign exchange to finance the development of its nuclear weapons? The 2018 documentary Dollar Heroes attempts to answer this question.

The investigative film, directed by Carl Gierstorfer and Sebastian Weis for The Why Foundation, alleges that North Korea skirts the stringent UN sanctions by running a secretive work programme that allows generating sufficient revenue for the state to continue fulfilling its nuclear ambitions. The film claims that the country’s leadership lures its workers with false promises, but once the workers enroll in the programme overseas, they find themselves toiling away for little to no pay, with their wages floating to the ruling Workers’ Party.

Party Duty

According to former South Korean government official Kim Kwang-Cheol, the foreign currency earned by North Korean labourers abroad is not used to …

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