It’s no secret that the government of North Korea has been pushing to open restaurants in cities around the world.
NPR’s Peter Kenyon told that story back in December, 2010.
Now, though, there’s word that the waitresses aren’t looking for just the usual kind of tips.
TheSpec.com has reported about the Pyongyang Restaurant in Amsterdam:
“While challenging perceptions of North Korea, the restaurants raise a tangle of questions about how the world should interact with the country and its reclusive government, accused of human rights abuses and a rogue nuclear weapons program. …
“There is no way of knowing whether the Pyongyang government benefits from the Amsterdam restaurant financially, but Marcus Noland, a North Korea expert who has written five books on the country, said the main purpose of such restaurants is to get around international economic sanctions and obtain foreign money with no strings attached.”
Quite a few patrons seem to have enjoyed dining at the establishments, judging from the number of YouTube videos we see showing the waitresses and entertainers. Here’s one from Bangladesh.