China caught 'RED HANDED' allowing oil to reach North Korea

Kristopher Drake
December 29, 2017

Ship-to-ship trade with North Korea on the high seas is forbidden in UNSC Resolution 2375 adopted in September, but such violations are almost impossible to detect unless China aggressively cracks down on smuggling.

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.

Trump earlier Thursday singled out China following reports that Chinese ships transferred oil to North Korean vessels at sea in violation of United Nations sanctions over the North's nuclear weapons program.

US President Donald Trump has accused China of being caught "red-handed" selling oil to North Korea, saying such moves would prevent "a friendly solution" to the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Pronouncing himself "very disappointed", Trump in effect was acknowledging the failure of his monthslong effort to convince China to clamp down further on energy shipments going to the isolated country, which relies heavily on Beijing, as a way to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

The U.N. resolution seeks to ban almost 90 per cent of refined petroleum exports to North Korea by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year.

One picture, reportedly taken on October 19, shows a ship called Ryesonggang 1 connected to a Chinese vessel, South Korean media reports.

President Trump slammed China on Thursday over the country's reported illegal oil sales to North Korea, saying they've been caught "RED HANDED" and warning such incidents could diminish the odds of a "friendly solution" for Pyongyang.

"We urge China to end all economic ties with the DPRK, including tourism, and the provision of any oil or petroleum products, and expel all DPRK workers", he said, using the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The satellite images appear to identify the ships.

However, the report published by South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo has already been refuted by China's foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on December 27, who stated that Beijing had no information on this issue, emphasizing that the country "completely and strictly" implements United Nations sanctions.

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