China denies illicit trade with North Korea after U.S. flak

Dec 29, 2017, 5:45 AM EST
In a tweet on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump said China has been “caught red-handed.”
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China has denied illicitly selling oil products to North Korea after U.S. President Donald Trump criticized Beijing for allowing ship-to-ship trade with the isolated nation that faces a slew of U.N. Security Council sanctions over its hostile weapons programs.

In a tweet on Thursday, Trump said China has been “caught red-handed” following a report claiming that American spy satellites captured Chinese vessels transferring oil to N. Korean ships 30 times since October, writes Reuters.

Following an internal investigation, China said the ship in question never docked on its ports and assured strict action if the U.N. Security Council resolutions have been violated.

In a separate development, South Korea seized a Hong Kong-flagged vessel that allegedly pumped oil to a N. Korean ship in international waters on October 19, notes CNN.