Yikes, has President Donald Trump caught China red handedly bypassing sanctions on North Korea?
After the report came out, Trump announced that such behavior would block a “friendly solution to the North Korea problem.”
“Caught RED HANDED,” he tweeted, “- very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2017
But according to South Korean government sources, satellite imagery revealed Chinese and North Korean ships engaging in illegal oil trading.
The images emerged just after the United Nations Security Council issued a fresh round of sanctions against the rogue regime. China joined the unanimous decision to restrict oil and petroleum trading with North Korea.
In September, the Chinese government told its companies to sever ties with North Korea and ordered North Korean companies in the country to shut down.
It’s unclear whether companies heeded those orders given that the United States Treasury imposed new sanctions against Chinese trading companies in November due to their relationship with North Korea.
Could this be the straw the breaks the camel’s back? Will this push us into war?
We have been told by top military leaders that the question of war is not a matter of “if” but a better of “when.”
Top Marine Corps commander General Robert Neller warned troops in Norway to be prepared because “there’s a war coming.”
Military.com reports that Neller told them, “I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” he continued, “You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence.”
“Just remember why you’re here,” he added, “They’re watching. Just like you watch them, they watch you. We’ve got 300 Marines up here; we could go from 300 to 3,000 overnight. We could raise the bar.”
As South Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo noted, ship-to-ship trading violates a U.N. Security Council resolution passed in September.
Both the U.S. and North Korea have indicated that recent activity brought the two sides closer to armed conflict. After the U.S. conducted a joint military exercise with South Korea in December, North Korea suggested war was inevitable.
“The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?” its foreign ministry asked.
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) December 28, 2017
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