by J. KRISHNA MOORTHI:
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Thursday that China had been “caught” allowing oil in to North Korea and that would prevent “a friendly solution” to the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear program.
China on Friday denied reports of selling oil products to North Korea, after President Trump said he was not happy that China had allowed oil to reach the isolated nation.
South Korea’s news paper this week quoted South Korean government sources as saying that U.S. spy satellites had detected Chinese ships transferring oil to North Korean vessels about 30 times since October. U.S. officials have not confirmed this report.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that she had noted recent media reports including suggestions a Chinese vessel was suspected of transporting oil to a North Korea vessel on October 19.
The Chinese side has conducted immediate investigations. “In reality, the ship in question has, since August, not docked at a Chinese port and there is no record of it entering or leaving a Chinese port,” Hua said.
She said that she was not aware if the vessel had docked at the port in other countries but the relevant media reports “did not accord with facts.” China has always implemented UN security council resolutions pertaining to North Korea in their entirety and fulfills its international obligations.
“We never allow Chinese companies and citizens to violate the resolutions,” Hua said and continued, “if, through investigation, it’s confirmed there are violations of the UN security council resolutions, China will deal with them seriously in accordance with laws and regulations.”
Meanwhile, South Korea said on Friday it had seized a Hong Kong – flagged ship suspected of transferring oil to North Korea in defiance of the sanctions. One of the earlier articles, clearly stated China is a duplicity nation, so other nations should keep an eye on this nation carefully.