Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Working closely with USA on North Korea nukes: China

Working closely with USA on North Korea nukes: China

The United States said Thursday that North Korea has already exceeded the annual cap allowed for oil imports, and asked the United Nations to order an immediate halt to all transfers of oil to the country.

"These sales and any other transfer must immediately stop since the United States believes the DPRK has breached the. refined petroleum products quota for 2018", reads the US report to the UN that AFP has seen.

According to the Security Council North Korea sanctions committee website, only Russian Federation and China have reported legitimate sales of some 14,000 tons of refined petroleum to North Korea in 2018.

An allegation has been filed by the United States against the U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions panel.

The United States has insisted that tough economic sanctions will remain in place until Pyongyang scraps its military programmes and that the dismantling is independently confirmed.

"Chinese customs have always been complying with the UN Security Council's resolutions in a complete, accurate, serious and strict way", Huang noted, referring to the various sanctions against Pyongyang including the Resolution 2371 (PDF).

Previously, North Korea called the talks with the American delegation headed by Secretary of state Mike Pompeo" regrettable " and accused Washington of attempt of pressure upon the DPRK.

In its report, the United States pointed the finger at China and Russian Federation for continuing to sell refined petroleum products to North Korea.

Last month, Trump met the North Korean leader in a historic summit in Singapore.

"Encourage countries to put decisive pressure on North Korea, including through. existing United Nations sanctions". Beijing has imposed limits on oil exports and banned purchases of North Korean textiles, seafood, minerals and other exports.

Since the May 30 data cut-off, the Japanese government has revealed details surrounding three extra cases of North Korean vessels caught conducting likely ship-to-ship transfers, with two on June 21 and June 22, and one on June 29.

It remains to be seen how the latest USA claim about North Korea's actions will affect discussions on the implementation of the UN Security Council sanctions.

According to the United States 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.

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