August 17, 2022

Foreign community in Pyongyang dwindles as more embassy staff exit

Workers and families from Russian and Mongolian embassies take train to Far East border in sign of lockdown easing

A group of employees and their families from the Russian and Mongolian embassies in Pyongyang departed for their home countries on Monday, further reducing the total number of foreigners in North Korea as the country’s borders remain closed to incoming travelers.

It comes as authorities have lifted lockdowns in cities across the country and loosened restrictions on movement for foreigners in the capital in a show of confidence in defeating a COVID-19 outbreak, and as state media has reported decreasing suspected virus cases for over 30 consecutive days.