Authorities in Cambodia have arrested 16 North Koreans, shortly after announcing that they would shut down North Korean-owned businesses in an attempt to comply with U.N. sanctions, which stipulate that all North Koreans working abroad had to be repatriated by the end of last year.
Siem Reap province’s police department told RFA’s Khmer Service that the 16 North Koreans were in Cambodia illegally, working in the northern area of the province.
Police Chief Tith Narong said the arrest occurred on Jan. 3. He said that the 16 suspects were using passports with tourist visas that were expired. They were working as computer technicians, installing illegal software.