DE RUEHUM #0452 1650326
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 140326Z JUN 06
FM AMEMBASSY ULAANBAATAR
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9992
INFO RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL 2288
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING 5050
RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 1511
RUEHVK/AMCONSUL VLADIVOSTOK 0045
RUEHSH/AMCONSUL SHENYANG 0215 UNCLAS ULAANBAATAR 000452
E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: DPRK Contract Laborers Decline Sharply
Refs: (A) State 085534, (B) Ulaanbaatar 173
SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED - NOT FOR INTERNET
1. (SBU) On June 9, MFA Consular Department Director
Ochirjav told visiting Treasury Deputy Assistant
Secretary Danny Glaser that in recent months there had
been a decline in the number of North Korean contract
workers, from 200 persons to 50 persons. (Note: In
delivering the TIP report demarche to Ochirjav's deputy
on June 5, Poloff noted that U.S. assessment of
Mongolia's good efforts on other aspects of trafficking
in persons could be jeopardized by the government's
permission to import contract laborers from the DPRK.
On June 6, Poloff called to MFA's attention G/TIP
Director Miller's expression of concern about the DPRK
laborers during a press interview the previous day.)
2. (SBU) Anecdotal evidence that a decline in the
number of DPRK workers might occur was provided at the
end of March. A politician/businessman who is a
leading member of the "Northeast Asia Association"
(which promotes closer links between Mongolia and North
Korea) told visiting House International Relations
Committee staff member Douglas Anderson that he had
recently sent home the 50 DPRK workers who had worked
for him. The businessman said that Mongolian
immigration authorities had declined to extend their
visas. Most of the North Koreans, he said, had told
him they wanted to continue working for him, but he had
replied there was nothing he could do. Asked whether
he intended to replace them with new DPRK workers, the
businessman replied in the negative. The economics had
changed, he said, and while he had been interested in
extending the old workers, obtaining new DPRK workers
was too expensive relative to other options.
3. (SBU) However, on June 1, our Commercial Specialist
heard from the President of Boroo Gold (an American
national), a Canadian owned firm, that a representative
of the North Korean diplomatic mission had approached
him directly about hiring DPRK laborers to replace his
Mongolian staff. The President described the North
Korean as extremely professional in both manner and
appearance. He further stated that the DPRK
representative offered to supply laborers for unskilled
and skilled categories currently filled by Mongolians,
all for the low price of US $1.50 per day per worker.
The DPRK representative noted that other firms were
interested in his workers, but only gave the name of
Mongol Gazar, a Mongolian-owned gold mining firm, as
hiring North Koreans to operate heavy equipment. The
President declined to hire any DPRK workers.
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