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China Stops All Oil Exports To North Korea In Rare Move As Sanctions Take Hold

chinese-yuan-china-currencyChina did not export any oil products to North Korea in November as U.S. sanctions against the isolated country continue take effect, according to a report Tuesday from Reuters.

The move comes as North Korea ratchets up ongoing nuclear and missile programs despite years of U.N. resolutions prohibiting the actions. U.N. Security Council imposed a new batch of limits of oil products earlier this month to the communist country.

China did not export any gasoline, jet fuel, diesel or fuel oil, or any other petroleum products to North Korea last month, according to the report, that relied on General Administration of Customs data for its conclusion.

“This is a natural outcome of the tightening of the various sanctions against North Korea,” said Cai Jian, an expert on North Korea at Fudan University in Shanghai. The move “reflects China’s stance,” he added.

China completely shut off the oil spigots to North Korea in 2003 for three days after Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, launched a missile into waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. China is the main source for the country’s oil, though it does receive shipments from Russia.

The data did not reveal if China still sells crude oil to Pyongyang, because Beijing has not disclosed its crude exports to North Korea for several years. Industry insiders believe China supplies 3.8 million barrels of unrefined crude to North Korea through a dilapidated pipeline connecting the countries.

Oil companies inside China are also steering clear of North Korea. China National Petroleum, for instance, put fuel sales on hold to Pyongyang because it is “no longer worth the risks,” according to various media reports from earlier this year.

Regular compliance checks to determine whether a company or firm is in violation of sanctions are increasing the pressure, especially in China, that accounts for almost 90 percent of all North Korean trade.

From - The Daily Caller - by Chris White

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SARGE
3 years ago

So, i just read on another site where china is still secretly selling to north korea oil and gas. Satellite imagery, and this is in november. Sorry but it appears they are lying again. China and nk. Ill let you all see for yourself, ah never mind.

SARGE
3 years ago

One more thing
Why doesn’t South Korea and Japan have nukes? They’re too cheap to defend themselves and they’ve hoodwinked the United States. I was stationed in both countries, loved the duty, but the countries arn’t worth dying for. Does anyone understand thats what South Korea and Japan have done to us. No we, the United States of America is being asked to die for them. Put it anyway you want, but thats the end result. I say BS to that!

Hank
3 years ago
Reply to  SARGE

Politics are strange. South Korea has changed their most favored trading nation from the US to Germany. Japan and Germany have had very strict armament allowances since WWII. That’s why they seem to be such business power houses – they spend almost nil on “Defense”, allowing other nations (i.e., USA) to defend them. Do you really want Japan and Germany to have nukes after their demonstrated propensity for WWI and WWII?

SARGE
3 years ago
Reply to  Hank

In a perfect world no i don’t. But this is now, not the 50s. I dont trust germany a lick. Merkel has taken europe down the path of oblivion. We need to get out from under our obligations to japan, sk, germany, here’s the thing, rules change, that is for everyone but us. Well it’s long past time we make some new rules.

SARGE
3 years ago

So here’s the real story: north korea has the world by the short hairs. It’s that simple. Have you ever had to deal with someone who just doesn’t care? That’s it, fat boy just doesn’t care. After all these years and all of a sudden, here comes China to the rescue? Get real. I love Donald Trump, I’d take a bullet for him in an absolute second, but even he has only so much influence. If China had the power to do something about this situation
they would have already done it. NK is as much a threat to China as anybody. South Korea is doomed, and Japan probably too. It isn’t our fault this has happened. Others have a responsibility to themselves. We don’t have to baby sit anybody. THIS IS REAL! NK is the real deal here.
You know, I’m the most positive thinking person. But there is no way to trust NK, in no way. We had better fend for ourselves here. I hope this gets posted. Its bleak, but true.

Hank
3 years ago
Reply to  SARGE

NK is a satellite puppet and political bargaining tool of China. China can fire nukes on anyone [from NK], and keep its hands clean. China owns NK. This has been true since the Chinese re-established the 38th parallel.

SARGE
3 years ago
Reply to  Hank

I believe what you said is true. But i also think north korea has become, like a run away step child. Not so sure China can control nk so much anymore. China is still exporting oil to nk. As of now.

PaulE
3 years ago

China understands that President Trump is not the typical “kick the can down the road and hope things don’t blow up on their watch in the meantime” kind of President. So they are willing to squeeze North Korea much more than they have been willing to do under Clinton, Bush or Obama. Unfortunately, those decades of willful neglect on the part of past Presidents have allowed the situation to escalate to its current state with no more room to kick the can further. Will this pressure from China described above be enough to get North Korea to 1) Cease their nuclear weapons and IBM programs and 2) Give up the 60+ nuclear bombs they currently have produced? The answer is likely no for a number of reasons.

So ultimately, either China will have to take action to forcibly replace the current nut job running North Korea with someone more easily controlled by China or President Trump will have to end the threat from North Korea before they launch one or more nuclear tipped ICBMs our way. Obviously, the former approach would be preferable to both us and the citizens of North and likely South Korea. Taking out the massive amount of artillery pointed at Seoul quickly and also similtaneously eliminating the nut job would mean the use of force other than “boots on the ground” that Washington politicians constantly call for.

SARGE
3 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

China is selling oil to north korea now, probably as i write this. Asians are different than Caucasians. They’re truth is different then what we perceive truth to be. Sounds crazy, but i suppose i could just say they’re liars, but that could get me in trouble. It’s a crazy world, but china lies whenever they speak, it’s a way of life. Kinda like corruption in mexico, corruption has been the common denominator in mexico for ever, it’s the basis of negotiations. Just saying, don’t count on china to solve this. I hear china is more scared of nk than we are.

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