China Caught Illegally Selling Oil To North Korea By US Satellites


Trump's key to North Korea, however, has always been China and his personal relationship with Xi.

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

Satellite images released by the U.S. Department of Treasury appeared to show vessels from both countries illegally trading oil in the West Sea, The Chosun Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing South Korean government sources.

"This is a natural outcome of the tightening of the various sanctions against North Korea", Cai Jian, an expert on North Korea at Fudan University in Shanghai, told the news organization.

However, on Tuesday the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo cited unidentified South Korean government officials as saying USA reconnaissance satellites have spotted Chinese ships transferring oil to North Korean vessels some 30 times since October in seas off China.

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.

The U.N. Security Council last week unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea for a recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil.

The September sought to persuade the UN Security Council to pass a resolution banning oil exports to North Korea.

The newspaper said the transfers involved large Chinese and North Korean ships operating in waters between China and South Korea.

US President Donald Trump - who has often hailed China's efforts to put pressure on North Korea - hit out at Beijing Thursday for failing to cut off Pyongyang's oil supply, saying such moves prevented a "friendly solution" of the crisis.

The Treasury statement came alongside the announcement of a series of sanctions against a range of North Korean entities and individuals. A ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday she had no information about the latest report, but said China has strictly enforced trade restrictions.

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

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