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US Claims of North Korean 'Labor Camps' in Russia Baseless - Moscow

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Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova at a briefing - Sputnik International
The US Department of State's human trafficking report claims of alleged forced labor in North Korean labor camps in Russia are baseless, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) The State Department's report published last week alleges that North Korea "operated labor camps on Russian soil and subjected thousands of North Korean workers to forced labor."

"The allegations of so-called forced labor of North Korean citizens in so-called North Korean labor camps on Russian soil in the US report on the situation with human trafficking are groundless," Zakharova told a weekly briefing.

She asserted "there is no doubt that such fabrications… are pursuing the sole purpose of using the human rights tool to exert unilateral pressure on North Korea, creating artificial obstacles to restricting cooperation."

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