North Korean workers in China prepare salmon for USA diners

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In this way, Americans may have been cluelessly subsidizing North Korea's nuclear program, which has largely been condemned by the global community. The seafood products also end up in Canada, Germany, and parts of the European Union. Among the affected products is seafood distributed by the Fishin' Company (a Walmart supplier), Sea-Trek Enterprises (a Rhode Island company that sells to supermarkets and food-service companies in the US and dozens of other countries), and Sea Queen (a brand exclusive to Aldi, which is now up to 1,600 locations in 35 states). North Korean minders ensure that workers do not have access to phones or email and that workers walk between the dormitory and their jobs in pairs- conditions that many in the USA would refer to as "modern slavery". They receive a fraction of their salaries, while the rest - as much as 70 percent - is taken by the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's government.

Roughly 3,000 North Koreans are believed to work in Hunchun, which is on the border with North Korea and Russian Federation.

Analysts say the security of North Korea's missiles and nuclear, chemical and biological weapons would be a chief priority for China in the event of a major crisis involving its communist neighbor.

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North Korean workers in China are reportedly making products intended for grocery stores in the United States, including seafood, wood flooring, and sewing garments.

On September 12, Beijing ordered no visa extensions and a stricter screening process for new visa issuance for North Korean workers.

United Nations sanctions prevent North Korea from obtaining work permits for new workers abroad, but do nothing to constrict the workforce already overseas. American distributors imported seafood such as snow crab, salmon fillets, and squid rings.

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For now, involved companies are starting their own investigations, while some already closed deals with suppliers, AP said.

Seafood can remain in the supply chain for more than a year.

"If a North Korean wants to go overseas, China is his or her least favorable option", said Andrei Lankov, a North Korea expert at Kookmin University in South Korea.

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Wal-Mart gave the Hunchun facility a "red" rating after it did not cooperate with a company investigation into labor problems, said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Marilee McInnis.

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