There is satellite photographic evidence of Chinese ships trading oil to North Korean ships. This is in violation of United Nations embargoes and sanctions levied against the North Korean regime. The transfer of cargo is taking place on the high seas and given the outward appearance of a smuggling operation.
China has strongly stated that it supporting the United Nations resolutions and embargoes. In China, there does not exist enough freedom for a smuggling operation of this magnitude to occur without State approval. This article takes a look at what China is up against and why they may be playing both sides of the street.
As Written and Reported By Rick Moran for the American Thinker:
According to Chinese customs data, Beijing has stopped selling oil products to its largest trading partner, North Korea. China had previously refused to buy coal or iron ore from the Kim regime.
But U.S. satellites showed Chinese ships trading for oil with North Korean vessels just recently, raising questions about the Chinese commitment to denying North Korea energy supplies in accordance with U.N. sanctions.
China did not export gasoline, jet fuel, diesel or fuel oil, nor did Beijing import any coal or iron ore, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing Chinese customs data. It was the second straight month China did not export any diesel or gasoline to Pyongyang, according to the report.
“As a principle, China has consistently fully, correctly, conscientiously and strictly enforced relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea. We have already established a set of effective operating mechanisms and methods,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.
The U.N. sanctions, implemented earlier this year, aimed to dramatically limit oil products to North Korea as retaliation for their nuclear and missile testing………….
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