Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

US Asks UN To Stop Oil Products To North Korea Immediately

US Asks UN To Stop Oil Products To North Korea Immediately

In Thursday's report submitted to the U.N. committee responsible for monitoring North Korean sanctions, the United States said North Korean tankers filled up with oil using ship-to-ship transfers at least 89 times in the first five months of 2018.

AFPreports that the USA delivered a confidential report to a United Nations sanctions committee documenting some 89 instances of sanctions violations, generally involving tankers transferring oil while at sea.

But UN experts monitoring the sanctions have reported that North Korea was circumventing sanctions with the illegal imports of oil products that are vital for the country's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes.

The US government is calling on the sanctions committee to order United Nations member countries to immediately halt all transfers of refined petroleum products to North Korea.

USA officials have insisted that Washington's policy of imposing sanctions on North Korea remains as tough as ever.

The request underscores the US determination to keep squeezing North Korea through existing economic sanctions to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons that threaten the United States.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was in Brussels with Trump, held talks in North Korea last week aimed at agreeing a denuclearisation roadmap.

In its report, the United States pointed the finger at China and Russian Federation for continuing to sell refined petroleum products to North Korea.

NATO leaders on Wednesday called on all nations to maintain "decisive pressure" on North Korea, including by fully implementing United Nations sanctions, to persuade it to give up it nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) arrive to sign a document to acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

A confidential U.S. report sent to UN Security Council and seen by AFP news agency, estimated that at least 759,793 barrels of oil products had been delivered to North Korea between January 1 and May 30, well above the annual quota set at 500,000 barrels. Beijing has imposed limits on oil exports and banned purchases of North Korean textiles, seafood, minerals and other exports. But it includes only one specific instance of a Russian-flagged tanker, the Patriot, conducting a ship-to-ship transfer, on April 10, with the North Korean tanker Wan Heng 11.

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