China says it's working closely with USA on North Korea nukes


News outlet Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that the USA sent a report to the United Nations sanctions committee stating that at least 759,793 barrels of oil products had been delivered to North Korea from January 1 to May 30.

In April, the Security Council blacklisted dozens of ships and shipping companies over coal and oil smuggling to North Korea.

The supplies have been made via ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean tankers that have called in port at least 89 times, the USA says.

In December, the UN Security Council capped refined petroleum product exports to North Korea at 500-thousand barrels a year.

Recall, is that the United States of America (USA) and North Korea (DPRK) failed to establish a joint working group on denuclearization.

But China or Russian Federation, which are permanent members of the Security Council, have previously rejected proposals to strengthen sanctions and could block Washington's request.

Acknowledging that the process "will not be plain sailing, ' Kong says he believed that if talks are held candidly and on an equal basis, with mutual respect, 'all the questions will find the right answers.' On Monday, Trump tweeted that China 'may be exerting negative pressure" on North Korea because of an escalating trade dispute between the USA and China.

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Pompeo insisted that a raft of tough economic sanctions imposed on North Korea would remain in place until "final, fully verified denuclearization" occurs.

Noting that it is in the UN's interest to "support the interests of the two member states", Guterres called for the "need to persist and to ask all countries in the region to help facilitate things for agreements to be reached".

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week and North Korea is likely to be on the agenda, CNBC reported Friday.

"These sales and any other transfer must immediately stop since the United States believes the DPRK has breached the. refined petroleum products quota for 2018", the United States said in a document submitted to the committee, using an acronym for North Korea.

It remains to be seen how the latest USA claim about North Korea's actions will affect discussions on the implementation of the UN Security Council sanctions.

The United States has released photographs of eight instances in which North Korean tankers were caught at sea receiving fuel cargo.

North Korean skippers are thought to be conducting the at-sea transfers of fuel products to circumvent United Nations sanctions created to limit how much Pyongyang can import each year. If no objections are raised, the United States request will be approved.