North Korea fuel shipments exceeded sanctions limit, USA says

North Korea fuel shipments exceeded sanctions limit, USA says

North Korea likely conducted at least 89 ship-to-ship transfers to illicitly obtain refined petroleum products between January 1 and May 30, us data provided to the United Nations and seen by NK News on Friday claims.

The United States is raising the issue of illicit North Korea fuel transfers after Japan's foreign ministry disclosed evidence of North Korea ships connecting with fuel-supplying vessels a total of nine times in 2018, including most recently the AN SAN 1 in the East China Sea on June 29.

The document States that the tanker likely to deliver petroleum products illegally procured using transmission STS (ship-ship).

In the report, the U.S. pointed the finger at China and Russian Federation for continuing to sell refined petroleum products to North Korea.

News outlet Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that the USA sent a report to the United Nations sanctions committee stating that at least 759,793 barrels of oil products had been delivered to North Korea from January 1 to May 30.

At the end of previous year, South Korea impounded a Hong Kong-registered oil tanker suspected of having secretly transferred refined oil to a North Korean vessel, thus violating United Nations sanctions.

United States of America informed the Committee of the UN Security Council on sanctions against the DPRK.

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The ships supplying North Korea have often been identified as Chinese-flagged carriers.

In a letter accompanying the report, the United States asks the sanctions committee to notify every country in the United Nations that North Korea has breached the annual quota.

Last month, Trump met the North Korean leader in a historic summit in Singapore.

In December the 15-member Security Council capped refined petroleum product exports to North Korea at 500,000 barrels a year. Beijing has imposed limits on oil exports and banned purchases of North Korean textiles, seafood, minerals and other exports.

According to the United States information, a Russian-flagged tanker identified as Patriot transferred fuel to a tanker on April 10 which then arrived at North Korea's Nampo port five days later.

In Washington, President Donald Trump released a letter from Kim Jong Un, in which the North Korean leader voices confidence in efforts to end their standoff but called on his United States counterpart to take "practical actions" to build trust.

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