29 December, 2017
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he is "very disappointed" in China for allegedly selling oil to North Korea, tweeting that the on-again, off-again Trump ally was "caught red handed" allowing oil to be imported by the rogue regime.
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.
The UN resolution seeks to ban almost 90 per cent of refined petroleum exports to North Korea by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year.
The president appeared to be reacting to a South Korea newspaper report that said Chinese and North Korean vessels have been meeting at sea for transfers of oil.
The US-drafted resolution bans the supply of almost 75 percent of refined oil products to North Korea, puts a cap on crude deliveries and orders North Korean nationals working overseas to be sent back by the end of 2019.
Members of the Trump administration have repeatedly vowed to stop North Korea's nuclear program - and have not ruled out a military option that some analysts fear could lead to a nuclear conflict. China has voted in favor of three UN Security Council resolutions strengthening sanctions on the North since the summer.
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Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she had no information following Chosun's report, but said "the Chinese government has been completely and strictly enforcing Security Council resolutions" aimed at discouraging North Korea from developing nuclear and missile technology.
The ban of the four vessels - the Ul Ji Bong 6, Rung Ra 2, Sam Jong 2 and Rye Song Gang 1 - was requested by the United States along with measures targeting ships registered in other countries, they said on condition of anonymity. The US Treasury Department later placed six North Korean shipping and trading companies and 20 of their vessels on sanctions list.More news: North Korea: Russia offers to mediate US-Pyongyang dispute