Trump 'Very Disappointed' China Exports Oil to N Korea, Despite Their Denial


She said, "the Chinese government has been completely and strictly enforcing Security Council resolutions".

But China only agreed to target the four North Korean ships, diplomats said, as part of the bid to curb Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs.

However, on Tuesday the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo cited unidentified South Korean government officials as saying USA reconnaissance satellites have spotted Chinese ships transferring oil to North Korean vessels some 30 times since October in seas off China.

Ship-to-ship trade with North Korea on the high seas is forbidden in UNSC Resolution 2375 adopted in September, but such violations are almost impossible to detect unless China aggressively cracks down on smuggling.

The U.S. Treasury Department placed six North Korean shipping and trading companies and 20 of their ships on sanctions list on November 21, when it published spy satellite images taken on October 19 showing a ship named Ryesonggang 1 connected to a Chinese vessel. Fox News summarized the Korean paper's report on Wednesday.

Washington says the full cooperation of China, North Korea's neighbour and main trading partner, is vital to the success of this effort, while warning that all options are on the table, including military ones, in dealing with North Korea.

Trump 'Very Disappointed' China Exports Oil to N Korea, Despite Their Denial

In one of three tweets early on Thursday from his West Palm Beach golf club, he charged that China was "caught RED HANDED" allowing oil shipments to reach North Korean ports.

"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.

In the interview, Trump said he'd be willing to launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korea if negotiating "like crazy" didn't work.

The Treasury statement came alongside the announcement of a series of sanctions against a range of North Korean entities and individuals.

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.

China and Russian Federation subsequently asked for more time to consider the proposal.

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