Trump administration says N Korea violates sanctions, urges halt to oil transfers

14-Jul-2018 Intellasia | CBS News | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The Trump administration shot back at North Korea on Thursday, sending evidence to a UN committee showing that North Korea “breached” UN sanctions by surpassing the annual cap for refined petroleum products, documents obtained by CBS News reveal.

The evidence was sent to the UN with a cover letter, submitted from the office of US ambassador Nikki Haley, and called for the committee to circulate the evidence to all 193 member states, asking them to halt the “illicit ship-to-ship transfers” and to “exercise enhanced vigilance” against the North Korea purchases.

The report sent to the sanctions committee included a chart of North Korea tanker deliveries of refined petroleum products delivered to Kim Jong Un’s government between January 1 May 20, 2018 and gave estimates that could have been up to 1.4 million barrels if the vessels were 90 percent laden, illustrating the breach of the 500,000 barrel cap established by UN sanctions.

“We are providing for your information data on each of these port calls along with examples of a few selected images of individual DPRK [North Korea's official name] tankers calling into port to unload refined petroleum products,” the report states, and added some satellite pictures.

The US report to the UN also said that North Korea “tankers have called in port in the DPRK at least 89 times likely to deliver refined petroleum products illicitly procured.”

The US report also takes some countries to task, China and Russia in particular, that have reported to the UN that they continue to sell refined petroleum products to North Korea.

“These sales and any other transfer must immediately stop,” the US said.

The US report came on the same day that President Trump tweeted a “very nice note” from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The US attempt to enforce existing sanctions comes as a senator on the Intelligence Committee asked for a US intelligence assessment as to whether North Korean actions regarding denuclearisation are consistent with the Trump administration’s claims.

The US report was issued along with photos “to further underscore our confidence in the data on tanker deliveries.” The images from the report are described by the US:A senior UN Security Council diplomat told CBS News: “This is concerning but not very surprising as UN experts have in the past identified a pattern of circumvention of sanctions by North Korea.”

“In the current context, it confirms that we need to remain vigilant and strictly carry out all the provisions of UN resolutions,” he said.


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