China Caught Illegally Selling Oil To North Korea By US Satellites

China Caught Illegally Selling Oil To North Korea By US Satellites”

China has been caught red-handed illegally selling oil to North Korea, thanks to USA spy satellites, which captured images of the deals roughly 30 times since October.

It is unclear if Trump's admonishment of China was based on news reports or classified information he received from US intelligence officials.

Satellite images released by the U.S. Department of Treasury appeared to show vessels from both countries illegally trading oil in the West Sea, The Chosun Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing South Korean government sources. "There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!"

President Donald Trump has often made statements critical of the North Korean regime and its leader, Kim Jong Un, whom the President has labeled "Little Rocket Man".

"Caught RED HANDED - very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea", Mr Trump wrote in a post on Twitter. Fox News summarized the Korean paper's report on Wednesday.

China's foreign ministry has defended its enforcement of United Nations sanctions.

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.

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

"As North Korea continues to threaten worldwide peace and security, we are steadfast in our determination to maximize economic pressure to isolate it from outside sources of trade and revenue while exposing its evasive tactics", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said at the time.

The September sought to persuade the UN Security Council to pass a resolution banning oil exports to North Korea.

President Trump said he was "very disappointed" over a report that China is continuing to supply oil to North Korea - as pressuring the rogue nation to give up its nuclear weapons program is one of the president's biggest challenges heading into 2018.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on that report.

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