Tensions Flare As US Recon Satellites Expose Chinese Ships Illegally Selling Oil to North Korea

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According to South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo, U.S. recon satellites have photographed around 30 illegal transactions involving Chinese vessels selling oil to North Korea.

Washington, D.C. – United States reconnaissance satellites have allegedly caught Chinese ships violating UN sanctions by engaging in illegal oil trades with North Korean vessels nearly 30 times in October.

The images were captured in the West Sea on October 19, prior to the most recent round of sanctions on the DPRK, which caps oil product shipments at 500K barrels per year, going into effect.

The satellite footage reveals a North Korean ship, named Ryesonggang 1, connected with a Chinese ship in what was deemed a ship-to-ship oil transfer, which is prohibited and deemed illegal by U.S. authorities.

According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s official report on the incident:

“North Korea is known to employ deceptive shipping practices, including ship-to-ship transfers, a practice prohibited by United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2375 of September 11, 2017.”

The Treasury report goes on to note that the ship-to-ship transfer captured in the images was possibly oil, and likely undertaken to bypass international sanctions on North Korea.

South Korean news outlet, Chosun Ilbo, quoted an unnamed South Korean government official who identified the ships seen in the satellite images as vessels from China and North Korea.

“We need to focus on the fact that the illicit trade started after a U.N. Security Council resolution in September drastically capped North Korea’s imports of refined petroleum products,” one South Korean government source said.

The Chinese government, while not commenting directly on the satellite footage, steadfastly denied any illicit oil sales or trades with North Korea, according to a CNBC report.

“As a principle, China has consistently fully, correctly, conscientiously and strictly enforced relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said during their press briefing Tuesday. “We have already established a set of effective operating mechanisms and methods.”

According to a report by the International Business Times:

China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), a state-run company has not exported gasoline and diesel to North Korea since June for the fear it would not get paid. In addition, China also did not import any iron ore, coal or lead from North Korea in November.

According to industry sources, China continues to be North Korea’s main source to oil, sell 520,000 tons, or 3.8 million barrels, of crude a year to its isolated neighbor, using an aging pipeline.

North Korea called the latest sanctions an “act of war” against Pyongyang that violates its sovereignty. It added the sanctions were rigged by the U.S., whose “pipe dream” was to make the country’s leader back down from its nuclear weapons program.

The million dollar question now becomes; How will the U.S. respond to China’s alleged violating of a UNSC resolution on North Korea?

With tensions at a near breaking point on the Korean Peninsula, it remains to be seen what type of response to the alleged violations by the Chinese, the U.S. would undertake.

Just last month, a Communist Party spokesperson called increased UN sanctions “wrong.”

On the surface, it looks as if the Chinese government is simply turning a blind eye to the illegal open sea transactions with North Korea.

With even more stringent sanctions being passed last week at the UN, there will likely be an even greater expansion of illegal oil smuggling between the Chinese and their client state, North Korea.

If that does happen, and the U.S. believes that diplomatic avenues have been exhausted – and the Chinese continue to violate UN sanctions – what will the United States do next?

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  • Laurence Almand

    The Chinese will do anything to make money. Keep in mind that China is totally anti-gun and will not allow any citizens to own firearms, yet it manufactures and exports millions of firearms and tons of ammunition every year.

    • da6675

      US sells about as many weapons as the rest of the world combined. I don’t see the Chinese people having a mass movement to demand guns.

      • Put sanctions on USA & Russia arms sales… heh… but who will enforce them ?

      • Laurence Almand

        They don’t demand guns, or any rights, because they know they will be executed if they do.

    • They learned everything they know from us.

  • da6675

    The US has no business telling China who to sell oil to. Japan did Pearl Harbor because we were preventing them from buying oil. Do you want another WW? Sanctions are traditionally an act of war, but US hands them out like M&M’s. Sanctions hurt the poor, elderly and children most. NK will not give up nukes because it sees what the US did to Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, etc.

    • Yes, The Federal Terrorist Union wants WWIII, the 1% Rich want WWIII. They have ready made underground cities all connected and supplied.

      • Rick E.

        The elite may have those underground cities, but there’s a couple problems though.
        #1,, in the event of WW3, Russia and China are unlikely to give the elite notice, as they’d drop the bombs along their schedule, not the USA government. They’ll be almost as vulnerable as we common folk.
        #2, the elite would still have to come out of their holes sooner or later. Then it’s game on. Bye bye elite!

        • There are alert systems in place and the travel distance will give you at least 20min., not to mention the defense systems. They can come out when YOU no longer exist.
          The only thing that would exterminate the roaches in their nests are biological diseases (airborne). They are the ones playing with bio-weapons too. Time is against us, we need a Revolution Now.

        • You are assuming we are not all on the same side. My Russian and Chinese friends and I will all be well taken care of. Its the rest of you we want to wipe off the board. You are messing with our gene pool, and it would be great to make slavery great again. Everywhere.

          • The gene pool was tainted with Corexist.

          • Rick E.

            Your retort is almost incoherent. I’m not messing with anything, you cannot “make slavery great again”.
            You can feel free to “want” to “wipe off the board”, worry about me messing with the gene pool or whatever else nonsensical blather you may utter. Do have a good day Mr. President.

        • How would the Chinese withhold notice from themselves, they being as much a part of the elite as any other dictatorship?

    • Jas

      Heck, N. Korea remembers what we already did to them. We carpet bombed the north killing off around 1/3 of the population. Everyone has a family member killed by the US. No wonder they want a deterant.

    • Japan had the choice between being starved through embargo or attacking, and the latter was the only honorable choice offered.

  • Trust in us to do what is in the best interest of America. When have we ever let you down? Please also urge your children to sign up for the military, they can get a free education as well as learn highly valuable skills that are relevant in today’s world.

    • Cynical Old Bastard

      Heh-heh. Nice one.

  • Sanctions only oppress the prisoners of a bad government – the poor people.
    Annul all sanctions across the globe, aggression only fuels a response.

    • Sanctions hurt everyone. The sellers, the buyers, and your feelings. But what are you going to do? We think we should bomb everyone. That will fix it.

  • Rick E.

    Illegal to whom? Exceptionalistan? We have no right to tell the Chinese whom they can sell oil to. The illegal, immoral, and unethical sanctions don’t mean shit anyway!

    • Cynical Old Bastard

      But… But… But… It has been deemed illegal!

      Foreign Nations doing business with each other? Such horror! Execute them!

  • Cynical Old Bastard

    Heh-heh. Deemed illegal.

    The town in which I live has deemed it illegal to not buy their electricity. This is no shit. I have been charged with a crime because I live off grid.

    Best you folks stop worrying about the rest of the world and start fighting in your own backyards.

    • Rick E.

      Shit, I have lived off of the grid for 5 years now, with the nearest store being 28 miles away. So I don’t have to deal with the damned authorities.
      The tax man is the only person that knows about me, and as long as I pay my taxes they leave me alone. I wouldn’t live any other way brother!

      • Cynical Old Bastard

        40+ years for me, brother. No other way to live. It’s peaceful until they invade.

        I have never been litigious but am now actively seeking out a lawyer. I want a mean little female. They are more vicious.

      • How do you get to the store without a road grid?

        • Rick E.

          My road is unnamed. I have NO 911 address. I am indeed, on google earth, but the road I live off of is not of county or state origin, it is private.
          I live off of the electrical grid, off of the natural gas grid, and off of the water grid. So then, i live OFF GRID.

          • Those who have no 911 address have the lat/lon of the front door on record.

    • Undecider

      Just pay the minimum hook up fee. Or can’t you just cancel the service? What if you refuse to pay?

      • Cynical Old Bastard

        Why would I pay them anything at all? This is the path to slavery.

        I cancelled their services many, many years ago when I went pure solar and rainwater catchment.

        What if I refuse to pay? I am being prosecuted. That’s what if.

        This isn’t a “what if game.” This is happening all across the nation and until we all stand it will only get worse.

        That’s what if.

  • Razedbywolvs

    Chosun Ilbo has access to U.S. recon satellites…. TDS, does your press credentials get you access to U.S. recon satellites?
    I’m sure our intelligence agency’s will get right on finding the whistleblower for that one.

  • Billy Sharpshooter

    I wonder what currency North Korea uses to pay for the oil? Is America getting its pride hurt because it is something other than the petrodollar?
    Face facts. There are other groups and bodies in this world than the US and the UN and they do their own thing.

  • Bas

    The U.S openly sell to Ukraine. And any other low life country. Whatever thy do for a living. The most obvious is Saudi Aramco. A cornerstone in wealth of Americans wanted to be great. From Kosovo to Syria, and Assad must go, it was a small prize to pay, again.

  • Freespirit

    What China is doing MAY ( to be proven) be ILLEGAL but what is more important, what they are doing is actually LAWFUL and that is what matters.

    The U.S. Corporation is taking advantage of the FACT MOST Americans and other Westerners don’t know the difference.

    • Most humans don’t know the difference.

      • Freespirit

        Forgive me for understating 🙂

  • Undecider

    Why is it our business to tell China who it can and cannot sell oil to? We can make it our business to limit who we do business with. If we have a problem with China, make it difficult for American businesses to operate there. That’s something we can effect. What China does with its resources, that’s their business.

    Side question, how about the U.S. government sending all that WTC steel to China after 9-11?

    • After the Chinese go to the gold-based Renminbi, what can we bribe them with?

  • D.Moore

    China will always protect their fat baby, anyone ever doubt that?

    • He has been nurtured as much by us as by them.
      All we had to do was honor the long-standing Kim Dynasty’s requests that we cease staging war games off their coast.

  • Since the sanctions are an act of war under international law, the Chinese could be seen as upholding the law rather than violating an unlawful act.

  • Yours makes it three.

  • NATO has neither trooper nor terrorists. They use the forces of their members.