China says it's working closely with US on North Korea nukes

Grant Boone
July 16, 2018

Under U.N. Security Council sanctions Resolution 2397, U.N. member states' fuel transfers are to not exceed an annual limit of 500,000 barrels.

The United States did not reported broadly which nations were might be unlawfully giving North Korea refined oil.

The document States that the tanker likely to deliver petroleum products illegally procured using transmission STS (ship-ship).

The United States requested in a letter that the U.N. sanctions committee declare that North Korea had violated the U.N. -approved quota and "order an immediate halt to all transfers of refined petroleum products" to North Korea.

According to AFP, the United Nations committee will consider the USA request and take five days to do that, with China and Russian Federation expected to block the consideration of the request.

In the wake of signs of reduced tensions on the Korean Peninsula, China and Russian Federation are calling for an easing of the sanctions on North Korea.

Thursday's developments follow Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang last week, which was meant to make progress on a denuclearization agreement with North Korea.

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The United States did not say which countries it believed were illicitly providing North Korea with refined petroleum.

The countries participating in the NATO summit called for increased pressure on North Korea.

The charge of a sanctions breach comes as Washington engages North Korea in a bid to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

The United States has released photographs of eight instances in which North Korean tankers were caught at sea receiving fuel cargo.

It also comes on a day when North Korean officials did not show up for an expected meeting with USA officials in the demilitarized zone to discuss the repatriation of the remains of US soldiers dating from the Korean War.

According to the USA information, a Russian-flagged tanker identified as Patriot transferred fuel to a tanker on April 10 which then arrived at North Korea's Nampo port five days later.

The United States added in the report, "If fully loaded at around 90 percent laden, DPRK tankers have delivered almost triple the 2018 quota at 1,367,628 barrels".

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