Trump 'disappointed' in China over NKorea sanctions

Trump 'disappointed' in China over NKorea sanctions

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USA reconnaissance satellites have spotted Chinese ships selling oil to North Korean vessels on the West Sea around 30 times since October.

Overhead images appear to show ships from the two countries shackled together for a fuel transfer in the West Sea off China. "There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!" One of them - Rye Song Gang 1, seen "connected to a Chinese vessel" - was included in the November 21 sanctions as a vessel of Korea Kumbyol Trading Company possibly transferring oil to evade sanctions.

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".

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

China accounts for the vast majority of North Korea's external trade and oil supplies.

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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 denies it is violating United Nations sanctions on oil sales to Kim's government. I would like to reiterate that the Chinese government has been comprehensively, accurately, faithfully and strictly implementing the Security Council's DPRK-related resolutions.

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.

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

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".

Hua questioned whether any country could make sure "not a single breach will happen", but noted: "We are taking a honest and serious attitude and forceful and effective actions".

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