China defends sanctions work after report of NK oil transfer

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un

The US says these spy satellite images taken in October showed a North Korean vessel trying to conduct a ship-to-ship transfer.

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.

China earlier on Thursday denied there had been United Nations sanction-breaking oil sales by Chinese ships to North Korea.

President Donald Trump is reminding the world that he's long warned about the dangers posed by North Korea's nuclear program.

In that video clip, Mr Trump described the North Korean regime as "sort of whacko", and urged action against its nuclear weapons program. Last week, the U.N. Security Council imposed new caps on trade with North Korea, including limiting oil product shipments to just 500,000 barrels a year.




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. China supplies most of North Korea's estimated 10,000 barrels a day of crude oil, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The country also has not been importing any iron ore, coal or lead from North Korea during the mentioned period, as the media specified.

South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, citing government sources in Seoul, reported earlier this week that U.S. satellites had spotted Chinese ships selling oil to North Korean vessels dozens of times since October. It was reportedly the second consecutive month China didn't export diesel or gasoline to North Korea.

US President Donald Trump has reacted to reports on China's alleged oil exports to North Korea, violating the December 22 United Nations trade restrictions introduced against the country, limiting their oil deals to four billion barrels per year.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying was unaware of details relating to the oil products export situation, but said: "As a principle, China has consistently fully, correctly, conscientiously and strictly enforced relevant UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea".

Overhead images appear to show ships from the two countries shackled together for a fuel transfer in the West Sea off China.

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