President Donald Trump called out China for bypassing sanctions and trading oil with North Korea. He said 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!”
However, on Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry denied all off the allegations.
Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying claims that China abided by the Security Council resolutions, as well as punished anyone who violated those sanctions.
She said, “If, through investigation, it’s confirmed there are violations of the U.N. Security Council resolutions, China will deal with them seriously in accordance with laws and regulations.”
Her comments came in light of a South Korean media report that contained satellite images purporting to show Chinese and North Korean ships engaging in illegal oil trading.
But according to Hua, the ship in question hadn’t entered a Chinese port since before the alleged trading took place on Oct. 19.
“The Chinese side has conducted immediate investigation. In reality, the ship in question has, since August, not docked at a Chinese port and there is no record of it entering or leaving a Chinese port,” Hua continued.
China’s denial comes at a time of heightened tensions between the North Korea and the United States, which has pressured the Chinese government to sever economic ties with the rogue regime.
In September, China told North Korean companies active in China to shut down operations in their country. China also gave Chinese firms 120 days to sever ties with North Korean entities.
It’s unclear if those orders were effective, however, given that the United States slapped new sanctions on Chinese trading companies in November.
Trump has not been wrong in the past when calling people and countries out. He is often doubted at first, until the truth comes to light.
Are the Chinese wheeling and dealing behind our back or is Trump mistaken?
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