But recent reports indicate that China, Russia, and even close U.S. allies like Germany have been quietly trading with North Korea anyway, keeping its economy afloat in the face of harsh global sanctions.AndNorth Korea today is significantly closer to being able to deliver a nuclear bomb to the U.S. mainland than it was when Trump came into office one year ago.
China earlier on Thursday said there had been no United Nations sanction-breaking oil sales by Chinese ships to North Korea after a South Korean newspaper said Chinese and North Korean vessels had been illicitly linking up at sea to get oil to North Korea.
"There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!" the president said, without citing the source of his information.
Did a Chinese ship deliver oil to North Korea in defiance of the U.N. Security Council?
The UN Security Council last week unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea for a recent intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, seeking to further limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil.
The officials said South Korea has shared intelligence with the US for the detection of the illegal transaction.
The US has asked the Security Council to blacklist all 10 vessels, but China objected to the proposal, diplomats said, and agreed only to blacklist four ships on Thursday.
He said in a tweet that he was "very disappointed" in Beijing and added in an interview published Thursday evening that he was reconsidering his "soft" trade stance with the people's republic.
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As long as there is enough oil to power their limos, heat their residences, and feed the top echelons of North Korean society, Kim will be impervious to sanctions, making war more and more inevitable.
"There is no evidence that this is backed by the Russian state [,] but these Russian vessels are giving a lifeline to the North Koreans", the second European security source said.
Hua said authorities investigated a report a Chinese ship that she didn't identify transferred oil to a North Korean ship at sea on October 19 and concluded it was false. Whether this ship has ever called at other countries' ports is not ours to tell.
China's denial came a day after it blocked a U.S. effort at the United Nations to blacklist six ships Washington believes had engaged in illicit trade with North Korea, a UN Security Council diplomat said. A number of countries, including Brazil, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates participated in banned financial transactions and other business activities with North Korea.
In September, the Security Council put a cap of 2 million barrels a year on refined petroleum products exports to North Korea.
According to the European security sources, the Vityaz conducted a ship-to-ship transfer with the North Korean Flagged Sam Ma 2 tanker in open seas during October.
Trump has sought to rein in North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs this year by crippling its economy, starving its weapons program, and hopefully forcing it to the negotiating table. He could not clarify whether the Chinese were from the mainland or Hong Kong.
Employees at the office of Lighthouse Ship Management declined to comment and said they had no knowledge of the situation.