China Caught Illegally Selling Oil To North Korea By US Satellites

29 December, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he arrives at West Palm Beach international airport in West Palm Beach

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. She said, "the Chinese government has been completely and strictly enforcing Security Council resolutions".

Trump tweeted a compilation video Thursday that includes edited footage of an interview he did with NBC's "Meet the Press" almost two decades ago.

According to South Korean government sources, the satellites have pictured large Chinese and North Korean ships illegally trading in oil in a part of the West Sea closer to China than South Korea.

China earlier on Thursday said there had been no United Nations sanction-breaking oil sales by Chinese ships to North Korea after a South Korea newspaper said Chinese and North Korean vessels had been illicitly linking up at sea to get oil to North Korea. Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping in November to cut off North Korea's oil supply entirely, the American ambassador to the U.N., Nikki R. Haley, said at the time.

Despite softening his stance towards Beijing in an effort to secure more assistance on issue areas relating to the Korean Peninsula, Trump has listed China among key threats to the United States and global security in his new national security strategy.


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.

USA spy satellites have captured images of what appears to be Chinese ships illegally selling oil to North Korean boats.

The comments come after South Korean newspaper reported Chinese and North Korean vessels had been illicitly linking up at sea to get oil to North Korea.

In September, the Security Council put a cap of 2 million barrels a year on refined petroleum products exports to North Korea.

Documents seen by Reuters this month showed Washington called on the Security Council to blacklist 10 ships for circumventing sanctions by conducting ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels or transporting North Korean coal.

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