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
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