China caught supplying oil to North Korean vessels at sea

Despite China’s talk, the South Korean news report reiterates suspicion by Tokyo, Seoul and Washington that China has been actively aiding, bolstering and conducting business with its ally – North Korea.

Following a South Korean news report that Chinese vessels have transferring oil in North Korea vessels at mid-sea in violation of U.N sanction, despite being caught in the act, on Thursday China maintained that it has not broken U.N. sanctions by supplying oil to North Korea.

The U.N sanctions have capped oil supplies to North Korea at 500,000 barrels a year.

China has consistently maintained that it is fully enforcing all U.N sanctions against its ally, North Korea despite suspicion from Tokyo, Washington and Seoul.

When asked during a regular briefing whether Chinese ships were illegally providing oil to North Korean vessels, Ren Guoqiang, China’s Defense Ministry spokesman stuck to his side of the story, which goes against the South Korean news report, saying China, including its military, strictly enforces U.N. resolutions on North Korea.

“The situation you have mentioned absolutely does not exist,” said Ren, without elaborating any further.

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