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Chinese Ships Spotted Selling Oil to N.Korea

29 December 2017, 01:00 | Colleen Roy

Chinese Ships Spotted Selling Oil to N.Korea

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USA spy satellites reportedly captured photos of Chinese ships illegally selling oil to North Korean boats some 30 times since October.

A senior administration official told CNN that the Trump administration is planning to be "more quiet" and "more discreet" about speaking publicly on United States military exercises with the Republic of Korea and Japan aimed at demonstrating military capability against North Korea.

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.

The same photos released at the time were used by South Korean outlets in recent reports. Just two weeks ago, Trump credited China for its help in the US -led pressure campaign against Pyongyang, including support for three U.N. Security Council resolutions this year - the latest last week - over the North's nuclear and missile tests.

In one of three tweets early on Thursday from his West Palm Beach golf club, he charged that China was "caught RED HANDED" allowing oil shipments to reach North Korean ports.

President Donald Trump warned that illicit Chinese oil sales to North Korea may jeopardize a "friendly solution" to the confrontation over North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's nuclear weapons and missile programs.




Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she had no information following Chosun's report, but said "the Chinese government has been completely and strictly enforcing Security Council resolutions" aimed at discouraging North Korea from developing nuclear and missile technology.

"China has applied certain import bans and sanctions, but it could and should do more", he wrote in The New York Times.

Last week, the Security Council unanimously approved tighter sanctions on North Korea, including measures to slash imports of refined petroleum products by nearly 90 percent from January, as well as further restrict shipping and imposing a 24-month deadline for expatriate North Korean workers to be sent home.

Last month, the Treasury Department sanctioned six North Korean shipping and trading companies and 20 of their vessels, and published photos of what it said was a North Korean vessel on October 19 possibly transferring oil to evade sanctions.

"China is helping. Russian Federation is not helping".



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