President Donald J. Trump took to Twitter Thursday to respond to reports that China is secretly selling oil to North Korea in the West Sea, despite United Nations sanctions forbidding ship-to-ship transfers.
As DML News reported Wednesday, American reconnaissance satellites captured images of Chinese ships selling oil to North Korean vessels approximately 30 times since October. In images recently released, the North Korean vessel Rye Song Gang 1 is seen next to a large Chinese vessel in deep waters, apparently attaching hoses for the transferring of oil.
South Korean officials confirmed ships were allegedly trading in the West Sea between China and South Korea to circumvent United Nations’ sanctions on oil exports to the regime of Kim Jong-un. Ship-to-ship trading with North Korea on the high seas is forbidden under the sanctions, but the act is very hard to patrol.
In a tweet, President Trump addressed the reports, writing: “Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!”
Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2017
Under the current sanctions, Pyongyang is only allowed 500,000 barrels of oil imports per year.
According to Chinese customs data released Tuesday, Beijing reportedly exported no oil products to North Korea in November.
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