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Publication Date Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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The United Nations has expressed concern that this money — totaling $500 million a year from North Korea’s expatriate workers globally — helps to fund Kim’s missile and nuclear programs. According to a UN Security Council resolution aimed at curbing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, countries are allowed to employ quotas of North Korean workers but not to authorize new work permits. Under the most recent round of sanctions, Resolution 2397 states that all North Korean workers must be sent home by December 2019, cutting off a crucial source of income for Pyongyang.

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