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World U.S. asks U.N. to cut off oil products to North Korea

19:54  12 july  2018
19:54  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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China cut off oil supplies to North Korea for three days in 2003, after the North fired a missile into waters near Japan. Mr. Hayes said that China was unlikely to agree to an oil cutoff , however strained its relationship with the North has become.

cutting off oil in the middle of winter in north korea . that' s inhumane. When you cut off oil supplies to a country they are literally fighting for their lives and have nothing to lose. The fact the US is asking this instead of being upfront and declaring war on them personally is perhaps the most cowardly act

The UN Security Council in December adopted a new round of sanctions that severely restricted oil supplies vital for North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs: The U.N. Security Council in December adopted a new round of sanctions that severely restricted oil supplies vital for North Korea's nuclear programs.© Provided by AFP The U.N. Security Council in December adopted a new round of sanctions that severely restricted oil supplies vital for North Korea's nuclear programs.

The United States is asking the U.N. Security Council to order an immediate halt to all deliveries of refined oil products to North Korea after finding that Pyongyang had violated restrictions on those imports, according to documents seen by AFP on Thursday.

A confidential U.S. report sent to a U.N. sanctions committee 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.

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“We have never sought war with North Korea , and still today we do not seek it. If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday,” Haley told the U . N . Security Council, referring to Pyongyang’ s ballistic missile launch on Tuesday.

The United States has been trying to convince China to completely cut off crude oil exports to North Korea . China announced in September it would reduce shipments of refined petroleum products to North Korea to 2 million barrels per year.

The illegal supplies were provided through ship-to-ship transfers at sea using North Korean tankers that have called in port at least 89 times "likely to deliver" the shipments, according to the report.

The United States requested in a letter that the U.N. sanctions committee declare that North Korea had violated the U.N.-approved quota and "order an immediate halt to all transfers of refined petroleum products" to North Korea.

The committee was expected to take five days to consider the request, which China and Russia are expected to block.

The U.S. move at the United Nations came just days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang to press for concrete steps by Kim Jong Un's regime to scrap its nuclear program.

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China should cut off North Korea ’s access to crude oil following the latest missile launch from Pyongyang, and Washington has asked it to do just that, the U . S . ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, adding that “if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.”

>> At a special session of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, the US called on China to cut off all oil exports to North Korea in response to Pyongyang' s recent missile test.>> Through sanctions, we have cut off 90% of North Korean trade and 30% of its oil .

While Pompeo said those talks were making progress, North Korea angrily accused Washington of making "gangster-like" demands for quick denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

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

Under the latest sanctions resolution adopted in December, crude oil supplies to North Korea were capped at four million barrels per year and a ceiling of 500,000 barrels of refined oil products per year was set.

But U.N. 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 programs.

The declassified U.S. intelligence sent to the U.N. sanctions committee estimated that ship-to-ship transfers may have provided North Korea with as much as 1,367,628 barrels of refined products.

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

"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," it said.

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South Korea's central bank estimates that the North's economy shrank by 3.5% in 2017 -- its weakest performance in two decades.Load Error

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