The US president referred to the satellite photos that revealed a practice that violates the sanctions imposed by the UN on Kim Jong-un’s regime. For its part, Beijing denied the accusations and said it will initiate an investigation.
President of USA , Donald Trump on Thursday criticized China for selling oil to North Korea , thus violating the UN sanctions against the regime in Pyongyang to curb its nuclear program.
“Caught red handed, Very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen,” Trump said via Twitter.
Apparently, Trump referred to an information published on Tuesday by the South Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo that claimed that US satellites in the Yellow Sea detected Chinese ships selling oil to North Korean vessels twenty times since last October.
The president sent the message from his golf club in West Palm Beach (Florida), where he enjoys his Christmas holidays.
For its part, the Chinese government said Friday that it is investigating the alleged illegal sale of crude oil by vessels flying the flag of its country.
” Several reports indicated that on October 19 a Chinese vessel was suspected of transporting oil to North Korea, and China immediately carried out investigations into it. ” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a news conference.
The official source indicated that the investigations determined that the ship had not stopped at any port in China and that there was no information about its passage through those of other countries.
Hua in any case stressed that news about the alleged sale of crude through ships, first appeared in the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, “were not consistent with the facts.”
” China will never authorize its companies or individuals to violate (United Nations) resolutions, and if that were the case, it would act against it in accordance with the law, ” the spokeswoman added.
The UN toughened its sanctions against the Pyongyang regime last week, further limiting its access to oil products, vetoing its exports in various sectors and forcing citizens who work abroad to return to the country.
The measures were a reaction to the launch in late November of a long-range ballistic missile, a type of projectile that would be capable of hitting anywhere in the continental United States.
China, North Korea’s main trading partner, has denied making any oil sales to the Pyongyang regime that violates United Nations sanctions .