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

Marie Harrington
December 29, 2017

Trump said on Twitter Thursday that China had been "Caught RED HANDED", adding he was "very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea".

Tensions have flared anew over North Korea's ongoing nuclear and missile programmes, pursued in defiance of years of United Nations resolutions.

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. Abe, who moved quickly after the election of Donald Trump to keep the mercurial US president close, said that "strengthening the Japan-US alliance is vital" to ensure regional stability.

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 USA and global security in his new national security strategy.

More news: Flu Bug Widespread Early in Arizona

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. 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 Chosun Ilbo, a South Korean newspaper, reported December 26 that USA spy satellites had observed Chinese vessels allegedly transferring oil to North Korean ships in the sea between the two countries about 30 times since October, citing unidentified South Korea government officials. However, the country's records reportedly showed it exported no oil products to the North during the month of November.

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

Asked at a regular briefing whether Chinese ships were illegally providing oil to North Korean ships, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang reiterated that China, including the military, strictly enforced United Nations resolutions.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER