China snubs North Korea’s grouse about defectors

(From Korea JoongAng Daily)

China blew off North Korea’s complaints about 13 defectors escaping to South Korea from the city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province, saying it had no role to play in blocking them.

Chinese pass a North Korean state-run restaurant in Ningbo in eastern China’s Zhejiang province on Sunday, where 13 North Koreans used to work before defecting to South Korea.

Chinese pass a North Korean state-run restaurant in Ningbo in eastern China’s Zhejiang province on Sunday, where 13 North Koreans used to work before defecting to South Korea.

One male manager of a North Korean-run restaurant in Ningbo and 12 of his female employees defected to the South last Thursday, as sanctions against North Korea forced customers to stay away. It was the largest single group of North Korean defectors under Kim Jong-un’s leadership.

Allegedly, the restaurant was pressured to remit the same amount of money even after customers stopped coming.

“After the South Korean government’s announcement, a North Korean government official expressed his country’s regret to the Chinese local government in Zhejiang province,” a source who has knowledge on the situation in China told the JoongAng Ilbo on Sunday, confirming that the restaurant was in Ningbo.

“The North Korean official expressed regret that China couldn’t block the defections due to the lax security of the Chinese police,” the source quoted the Chinese government official as saying. Read more



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