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China Caught Illegally Selling Oil To North Korea By US Satellites

China Caught Illegally Selling Oil To North Korea By US Satellites

The problem is that any oil embargo imposed on the North in the event of further provocations will probably be futile as long as illegal smuggling continues.

"Caught RED HANDED - very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea", Trump tweeted.

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he is "very disappointed" in China for allegedly selling oil to North Korea, tweeting that the on-again, off-again Trump ally was "caught red handed" allowing oil to be imported by the rogue regime. That report was picked up by some US media outlets, including Fox News.

Mr Trump also posted a video on Twitter comparing his comments on North Korea 18 years ago to those of former US President Bill Clinton 23 years ago.

South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper this week quoted South Korean government sources as saying that spy satellites had detected 30 instances of ship-to-ship transfers to North Korean vessels since October.

"As North Korea continues to threaten worldwide peace and security, we are steadfast in our determination to maximize economic pressure to isolate it from outside sources of trade and revenue while exposing its evasive tactics", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said at the time.




The US-drafted resolution bans the supply of almost 75 percent of refined oil products to North Korea, puts a cap on crude deliveries and orders North Korean nationals working overseas to be sent back by the end of 2019.

Such ship-to-ship trades are banned under a UN Security Council resolution adopted in September, but according to South Korean government sources, American satellites have pictured large vessels from both China and North Korea illegally trading in a stretch of the West Sea on multiple occasions.

More: South Korea predicts U.S.

It is unclear if Trump's admonishment of China was based on news reports or classified information he received from USA intelligence officials.

China has repeatedly said it is fully enforcing all resolutions against North Korea, despite suspicion in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo that loopholes still exist. The US Treasury Department later placed six North Korean shipping and trading companies and 20 of their vessels on sanctions list. Beijing also imported no iron ore, coal or lead from North Korea in November, the second full month of the latest trade sanctions imposed by United Nations.

China and Russian Federation subsequently asked for more time to consider the proposal.

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