RIA News cites a statement by the Primorsky administration:
The administration of Primorsky Krai, based on the results of the employers' applications for 2018, agreed to attract more than nine thousand foreign nationals from the DPRK, including for work in construction, agriculture, ship repair, industry, hotel service, and fish and forestry. However, the quota in full was rejected by the Ministry of Labor of Russia.
Earlier, the United States called on Russia to support the sanctions regime against the DPRK. In turn, Japan sent an appeal to the Russian Federation with a call to refuse to attract thousands of North Korean citizens to 25 jobs.
At the same time, labor market specialists in the Russian Federation note that the official refusal to work for North Koreans in Russia may lead to an increase in the number of labor illegals, who, without the necessary registration, will be attracted to work by the Far Eastern employers interested in cheap labor.