US recon satellites have allegedly spotted Chinese ships selling oil to North Korea on the West Sea about 30 times since October, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported on December 26.
The satellite images allegedly show Chinese and North Korean ships traiding oil in the West Sea. The activity was spotted in the area close to China. It violates the UN Security Council sanctions imposed on North Korea.
The Chosun Ilbo also quoted a South Korean government source on the issue:
“We need to focus on the fact that the illicit trade started after a UN Security Council resolution in September drastically capped North Korea’s imports of refined petroleum products.”
If this is confirmed, China directly violates the oil embargo imposed on North Korea showing its real attitude towards the crisis in the Korean Peninsula.