The life of workers in North Korea

The best graduates are offered a choice: you could join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or become a guide who works with foreigners, for example. Those who choose the former and pass all inspections are given a red diplomatic passport and sent to an embassy to work.This is not always glamorous. Under Kim Il-sung North Korea did not have enough money to support low-ranking diplomats, so an attaché or a third secretary in the DPRK’s embassy in Romania, for example, would have had to take a train though the Soviet Union instead of a flight.