China 'Caught Red Handed' Giving North Korea Oil

Dec 29, 2017, 01:03
China 'Caught Red Handed' Giving North Korea Oil

A senior administration official told CNN that the Trump administration is planning to be "more quiet" and "more discreet" about speaking publicly on U.S. military exercises with the Republic of Korea and Japan aimed at demonstrating military capability against North Korea.

But she said China has "completely and strictly" enforced trade restrictions aimed at discouraging North Korea from developing nuclear and missile technology.

The satellite pictures even show the names of the ships.

"Caught RED HANDED - very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea", Mr Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

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It's unclear whether the Chinese military has any role in sanctions enforcement.

It comes a day after Chinese customs data was revealed claiming Beijing exported no oil products to North Korea in November.

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

A White House official and multiple National Security Council officials were unable to explain the President's tweet and did not respond to questions about whether he was referring to the recent reports from South Korea.

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Such ship-to-ship trades are banned under a UN Security Council resolution adopted in September, but according to South Korean government sources, American satellites have pictured large vessels from both China and North Korea illegally trading in a stretch of the West Sea on multiple occasions.

"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.

"There is a lot of under-the-radar on the Chinese side", Kelly said.

It's unknown if China supplies crude oil to the North, but it's believed by industry insiders that China provides the cutoff nation 3.8 million barrels of crude oil each year through an "aging pipeline", Reuters reported. "This could be that".

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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 on North Korea.

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