Pyongyang presses tourists for hard currency amid sanctions

North Korea is targeting foreign visitors as a source of hard currency amid increased international sanctions, news reports said Tuesday.

The country is encouraging more foreign visitors to visit shops and department stores that sell higher-priced products in dollars, Yonhap News Agency reported.

"Previously, the North drew up an itinerary for foreigners focussing on visits to scenic spots for its propaganda campaign. But this time, the North seems bent on promoting its products to earn dollars," a source told Yonhap.

The UN Security Council in March imposed its strictest-ever sanctions on Pyongyang following the regime's fourth nuclear test explosion in January and its launch of a long-range rocket in February.

Last update: Tue, 19/04/2016 - 09:00
Author: 

More from World

West African leaders give Gambia's Jammeh last chance to step down

West African leaders Friday said they will travel once again to Gambia in a last-minute effort to convince election...

Three, including a child, killed as car hits pedestrians in Melbourne

A young child is among three people killed in Melbourne on Friday when a man known to the police for domestic...

Magnitude-6.8 earthquake strikes near the Solomon Islands

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey.

Trump pledges to make America "greater than ever before"

Donald Trump pledged Thursday to make America "greater than ever before" in remarks delivered at a Washington rally...

Mexican drug lord "El Chapo" Guzman extradited to US

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera was extradited to the United States Thursday, Mexico's Foreign...