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    Remember those sanctions against North Korea that included prohibitions on selling them oil that Russia and China agreed to?


    China Spotted Illegally Selling Oil To North Korea, Report Says

    December 27, 2017

    U.S. spy satellites reportedly captured photos of Chinese ships illegally selling oil to North Korean boats some 30 times since October.

    Satellite images released by the U.S. Department of Treasury appeared to show vessels from both countries illegally trading oil in the West Sea, The Chosun Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing South Korean government sources.


    U.S. spy satellites have captured images of what appears to be Chinese ships illegally selling oil to North Korean boats.

    North Korea was barred in September by the United Nations Security Council from importing natural gas and had its crude oil imports capped in response to Kim Jong Un’s nuclear missile program.

    The U.S. Treasury in November also sanctioned North Korea’s Maritime Administration and its transport ministry, in addition to six North Korean shipping and trading companies and 20 of their vessels, in an effort to block the rogue regime’s transportation networks.

    The satellite images appear to identify the ships. One of them — Rye Song Gang 1, seen “connected to a Chinese vessel” — was included in the Nov. 21 sanctions as a vessel of Korea Kumbyol Trading Company possibly transferring oil to evade sanctions.

    While Russia exports some oil to North Korea, China is the main source of oil for the rogue nation, according to Reuters. However, the country exported no oil products to the North during the month of November. It was reportedly the second consecutive month China didn't export diesel or gasoline to North Korea.

    “This is a natural outcome of the tightening of the various sanctions against North Korea,” Cai Jian, an expert on North Korea at Fudan University in Shanghai, told the news organization. Cai added the "tightening ... reflects China's stance."


    It's unknown if China supplies crude oil to the North, but it's believed by industry insiders that China provides the cutoff nation 3.8 million barrels of crude oil each year through an "aging pipeline," Reuters reported.

    A government source told the South Korean newspaper that, "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."

    Robert Kelly, a professor at Pusan National University in South Korea, told The Telegraph that China trading oil to North Korea could be possible.


    “There is a lot of under-the-radar on the Chinese side," Kelly said. "Beijing does not police the border strictly or enforce the sanctions toughly. This could be that."

    Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she had no information following Chosun’s report, but said “the Chinese government has been completely and strictly enforcing Security Council resolutions” aimed at discouraging North Korea from developing nuclear and missile technology.

    Hua questioned whether any country could make sure "not a single breach will happen,” but noted: “We are taking a sincere and serious attitude and forceful and effective actions."




    Russian Tankers Fueled North Korea Via Transfers At Sea - Sources

    December 29, 2017

    Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea, according to two senior Western European security sources, providing an economic lifeline to the secretive Communist state.

    The sales of oil or oil products from Russia, the world’s second biggest oil exporter and a veto-wielding member of the United Nations Security Council, breach U.N. sanctions, the security sources said.

    The transfers in October and November indicate that smuggling from Russia to North Korea has evolved to loading cargoes at sea since Reuters reported in September that North Korean ships were sailing directly from Russia to their homeland.

    “The Russian vessels made transfers at sea to the North Koreans,” the first security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters. The source said the transfers of oil or oil products took place on several occasions and were a breach of sanctions.

    A second source, who independently confirmed the existence of the Russian ship-to-ship fuel trade with North Korea, said there was no evidence of Russian state involvement in the latest transfers.

    “There is no evidence that this is backed by the Russian state but these Russian vessels are giving a lifeline to the North Koreans,” the second European security source said.

    In comments carried by Russia’s RIA Novosti state news agency on Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the country was observing sanctions against North Korea.

    The two security sources cited naval intelligence and satellite imagery of the vessels operating out of Russian Far Eastern ports on the Pacific but declined to disclose further details to Reuters, saying it was classified.

    The Russian Customs Service declined to comment when asked on Wednesday if Russian ships had supplied fuel to North Korean vessels. The owner of one ship accused of smuggling oil to North Korea denied any such activity.

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    The U.S. State Department, in a statement, called on Russia and other U.N. members to “strictly implement” sanctions on North Korea and to work “more closely together to shut down U.N.-prohibited activities, including ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum and the transport of coal from North Korea”.

    The latest report came as China, responding on Friday to criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump, denied it had illicitly shipped oil products to North Korea.

    North Korea relies on imported fuel to keep its struggling economy functioning. It also requires oil for its intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear program that the United States says threatens the peace in Asia.

    “The vessels are smuggling Russian fuel from Russian Far Eastern ports to North Korea,” said the first security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Reuters was unable to independently verify that the vessels had transferred fuel to North Korean vessels, whether the Russian state knew about the sales or how many Russian vessels were involved in the transfers. It was also unclear how much fuel may have been smuggled.

    Ship satellite positioning data consulted by Reuters and available on Reuters Eikon shows unusual movements by some of the Russian vessels named by the security sources including switching off the transponders which give a precise location.

    The security sources said the Russian-flagged tanker Vityaz was one vessel that had transferred fuel to North Korean vessels.

    The Vityaz left the port of Slavyanka near Vladivostok in Russia on Oct. 15 with 1,600 tonnes of oil, according to Russian port control documents.

    Documents submitted by the vessel’s agent to the Russian State Port Control authority showed its destination as a fishing fleet in the Japan Sea. Shipping data showed the vessel switched off its transponder for a few days as it sailed into open waters.

    According to the European security sources, the Vityaz conducted a ship-to-ship transfer with the North Korean Flagged Sam Ma 2 tanker in open seas during October.

    Reuters could not independently verify the transfer as ship tracking data showed that the Sam Ma 2 had turned off its transponder from the start of August.

    The owner of the Russian vessel denied any contact with North Korean vessels but also said it was unaware that the vessel was fuelling fishing boats.

    OIL PRODUCTS

    Yaroslav Guk, deputy director of the tanker’s owner, Vladivostok-based Alisa Ltd, said the vessel had no contacts with North Korean vessels.

    “Absolutely no, this is very dangerous,” Guk told Reuters by telephone. “It would be complete madness.”

    When contacted a second time, Guk said the vessel did not have any contacts with North Korean ships and that he would not answer further questions.

    An official at East Coast Ltd, the vessel’s transport agent, declined to comment.

    Two other Russian flagged tankers made similar journeys between the middle of October and November, leaving from the ports of Slavyanka and Nakhodka into open seas where they switched off their transponders, shipping data showed.

    In September, Reuters reported that at least eight North Korean ships that left Russia loaded with fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions.

    A Russian shipping source with knowledge of Far Eastern marine practices said North Korean vessels had stopped loading fuel in Russia’s Far Eastern ports but that fuel is delivered at sea by tankers using ship-to-ship transfers, or even by fishing vessels.

    China on Friday denied reports it had been illicitly selling oil products to North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions, after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was unhappy that China had allowed oil to reach the isolated nation.

    China’s denial came a day after it blocked a U.S. effort at the United Nations to blacklist six ships Washington believes had engaged in illicit trade with North Korea, a U.N. Security Council diplomat said.

    According to documents seen by Reuters this month, the United States had proposed that the U.N. Security Council blacklist 10 ships for illicit trade with North Korea.

    It accused the vessels of “conducting illegal ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels or illegally transporting North Korean coal to other countries for exports.”

    Three North Korean ships among the 10 were blacklisted, along with a Panama-registered vessel.

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    Watch: Jim Acosta Gloats Over No Deal Between Trump, Kim Jong-Un — ‘Much More Difficult Than Reality TV’


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    Thursday, CNN reporter Jim Acosta reacted from Hanoi, Vietnam, to President Donald Trump failing to reach an agreement with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un regarding denuclearization, saying trying to reach a deal on reality television is a little different than with a dictator.

    Acosta pointed out how the two leaders also did not reach an agreement in the 2018 Singapore summit, as well as his former personal attorney Michael Cohen testifying against him on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. He noted Trump has kept his Twitter activity to “a bare minimum,” saying when all of that is added up, the president is heading back to the White House “humbled.”

    “[I]t’s strike one in Singapore – he didn’t get a deal with Kim Jong-un – now it’s strike two in Hanoi — once again, no deal to denuclearize Korean,” Acosta stated. “In the backdrop of all of this … the president’s former fixer really just blasted away at his former boss, accusing him of being a liar and a cheat and a criminal, basically, in what was a bombshell hearing up on Capitol Hill. The president presumably will be asked about that, as well.”

    He continued, “I find that just to be kind of remarkable, that the president was able to hold his Twitter to a bare minimum here in Hanoi. That is something we don’t see very often from the president, but he kept his powder dry. So, presumably, we’re going to hear the president weigh in on all that, as well. Add it all up … a very rough and rocky 24 hours for the president. Humbled back in Washington, humbled here in Hanoi, heading back to Washington empty-handed.”

    Acosta later said, “The president staked a lot of his presidency on something that is just much more difficult than reality TV.”

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    CNN's Jim Acosta complains Trump snubbed him at news conference after US-North Korea summit ended

    Feb. 28, 2019




    CNN’s Jim Acosta on Thursday bemoaned the fact that President Trump didn’t call on him during a news conference after the abrupt end of the Hanoi summit between the U.S. and North Korea.

    During a segment following the news conference, Acosta asserted that Trump may have avoided White House press corps journalists in an effort to dodge questions about Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, who testified Wednesday on the Capitol Hill.

    “First of all, we have to point out the obvious, which is the president steered clear largely during this news conference of the White House press corps and instead selected journalists at random from the other side of the room, where foreign journalists were seated,” Acosta said.

    But Acosta didn't mention that Trump called on at least two journalists from the White House press corps, including CBS’s Major Garrett – who was the first reporter called on – and ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, who quizzed Trump on Cohen’s testimony.

    “[Michael Cohen] lied a lot,” Trump said in response to the Cohen testimony, which occurred in Washington, more than 13,000 miles from Hanoi. “But it was very interesting because he didn't lie about one thing, he said, 'no collusion with the Russian hoax.'”

    Other U.S.-based outlets that also questioned Trump included the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, and Bloomberg.

    Acosta added that Trump “was calling on reporters from Russian state media, Chinese state media, Sean Hannity from Fox,” adding that it “was by design because he didn't want to really answer questions about Michael Cohen.”

    The CNN star echoed the same claims on Twitter, saying “Trump largely steered clear of WH press corps., which helped him avoid the Cohen questions,” adding that “Russian state media got a question. China state media got a question. Hannity got a question.”

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