In its report, China, the strongest ally of North Korea, said more than half of its income-earning North has been reported to have dropped from 30,023 to 11,490. Korean nationals had been repatriated.
And a UN diplomat confirmed to CNN that one-page reports from Beijing and Moscow were sent to the committee on sanctions, as required by the December 2017 Council Resolution requiring repatriation of all North Korean workers by the end of this year.
China's report also noted that it does not want the submission to be made public. pushed into recent years for sanctions on North Korea to be strengthened.
The United States believes that North Korea has some 100,000 workers abroad, with the majority in China and Russia. North Korean workers are seen as a source of funding for the country's nuclear and missile program, so repatriating them cuts off a vital lifeline for the regime.
North Korea has long sought the removal of UN sanctions which have put a stranglehold on their economy, portraying them as a violations of Sovereignty