China tightens North Korea trade restrictions under United Nations sanctions

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Officials said the Lighthouse Winmore had secretly transferred 600 tonnes of refined oil to a North Korean ship.

"China has always comprehensively and strictly implemented the UN Security Council resolutions and carried out its due global obligations", he said.

What happened with the Lighthouse Winmore?

The new Chinese restrictions were announced amid allegations that Chinese ships under foreign flags have been violating sanctions by transferring goods to North Korean vessels, including oil.

The New York Times, released by the US Treasury in November, although the Lighthouse Winmore was not named by the Treasury.

The district prosecutor's office in Taiwan's port city of Kaohsiung said they started investigating the company and its owner, identified by authorities only as 54 and with the surname Chen, last week after a South Korean media report linked a Taiwanese company to ships registered in Hong Kong.

Like the charterer, the ship manager has denied any wrongdoing. "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 said.

"If it is confirmed through investigation there are violations of Security Council resolutions, China will deal seriously with them in accordance with laws and regulations", Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China's foreign ministry, said today, as quoted by the AP. In September the council banned ship-to-ship trade with North Korea. Most North Koreans who work in factories and other Chinese businesses have been sent home.

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China said the measures would be affective January 6.

The tweet followed a report on the issue in. "But when oil is going in, I'm not happy about that". That wasn't my deal.

China a staunch communist ally of North Korea has been repeatedly urged by the worldwide community to abide by the sanctions imposed on North Korea.

Yes. Last week that included measures to slash the North's petrol imports by up to 90%.

The seizure and inspection took place in November, but it was reported only after South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper published U.S. reconnaissance photos on Tuesday that were part of a U.S. Treasury Department announcement of sanctions on 20 North Korean vessels and six shipping and trading companies. It would bring the total number of ships blocked by the United Nations to eight.

South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper this week quoted South Korean government sources as saying that USA spy satellites had detected Chinese ships transferring oil to North Korean vessels about 30 times since October.

North Korea has faced increasingly tight sanctions as it steps up efforts to expand its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles program.

In a typically bellicose response, . North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has described the USA president as "mentally deranged".

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