Chinese vessels are secretly trading oil products with North Korea in violation of UN sanctions, diplomats have confirmed. The news is likely to embarrass China and raise questions about its record of enforcing sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.
Diplomats from an Asian country confirmed information published this week in the South Korean press that such trade persists despite sanctions.
Last month the US Treasury published satellite photos of ships linked to each other at sea, apparently trading oil. Chosun, the prominent South Korean newspaper, on Tuesday cited people within South Korea’s government saying 30 such hookups had been spotted by spy satellites since October.
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