S. Korea Seizes Chinese Ship Sneaking Fuel to N. Korea

Just when we thought the Chinese were playing along with plans to squeeze North Korea, think again.

The United Nations Security Council has voted numerous times this year alone to force economic sanctions on North Korea.

And China has agreed to them.

Those sanctions include a moratorium on energy exports to the Kim Jong Un’s regime.

Without critical energy supplies, Kim’s operation will fold fairly quickly.

But this week South Korea seized a ship full of petroleum after it was discovered it was secretly transferring fuel to a North Korean ship in the middle of the ocean.

China’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.

Here’s more from Redstate…

In compliance with the United Nations sanctions on North Korea, China claimed they had stopped all flow of refined oil to the communist hermit kingdom. However, South Korea has confirmed that they recently captured a Chinese tanker thought to be bringing refined oil products to the North Koreans in secret.

According to USA Today, the Hong Kong “Lighthouse Winmore” was supposedly bound for Taiwan with hundreds of tons of Japanese petroleum, but instead unloaded the oil to a North Korean tanker in international waters in total defiance of UN resolutions:

The ship, chartered by the Taiwanese company Billions Bunker Group, was loaded with 600 tons of refined Japanese petroleum and supposedly bound for Taiwan when it was originally inspected in the South Korean port of Yeosu in October.

However, it is suspected that the ship actually transferred that load to the awaiting North Korean tanker Sam Jong 2 while in international waters on October 19, after leaving port in Yeosu. North Korea is currently under U.N. Security Council sanctions that prohibit it from importing more than 2 million barrels of refined petroleum annually. Ship-to-ship transfers of any goods are also expressly forbidden by U.N. Security Council Resolution 2375, which was passed in September.


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