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Trump accuses China of allowing oil transfers to North Korea

29 Dec 2017 | By Abheet Sethi
North Korean crisis: Trump "very disappointed" with China

US President Donald Trump has tweeted that he's "very disappointed" with China following reports that it has allowed oil shipments to North Korea.

He said China has been "caught red-handed" and that there could be no "friendly solution" to the North Korean crisis if the oil shipments continued.

Last week, China supported a US-drafted UN Security Council resolution cutting Pyongyang's petrol imports by 90%.

In context: North Korean crisis: Trump "very disappointed" with China

23 Dec 2017UN Security Council imposes tougher sanctions on North Korea

On December 23, the UN Security Council voted to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea over its continued nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The sanctions resolution, drafted by the US, included a provision to cut the North's petrol imports by 90%.

The North's two main trading partners, China and Russia, voted in favor of the resolution.

These are the tenth round of UNSC sanctions.

29 Dec 2017Trump accuses China of allowing oil transfers to North Korea

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What Trump tweeted

ReportsWhat the reports say?

South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo recently reported that North Korean vessels were secretly being filled with oil by Chinese tankers at sea.

It cited South Korean officials who said that US spy satellites had recorded the illegal ship-to-ship transfers 30 times since October.

The US hasn't confirmed the reports but a State Department official told Reuters that such ship-to-ship transfers remain a concern.

ResponseChina denies reports of illegal ship-to-ship oil transfers

China is North Korea's biggest trading partner.

The Chinese defense ministry responded to questions about the alleged ship-to-ship oil transfers saying, "The situation you have mentioned absolutely does not exist."

Meanwhile, the US State Department said, "We urge China to end all economic ties with the DPRK [North Korea], including tourism and the provision of any oil or petroleum products."