China rejects Trump’s claim of North Korea oil transfer
China has rejected allegations by United States that it helped North Korea evade United Nations sanctions, following claims by US President Donald Trump that Beijing had allowed the transfer of oil to a North Korean ship.
Reacting to Trump’s claim on Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, “The recent series of reports on this situation do not conform with the facts.”
Beijing does not permit its “citizens or companies to engage in any activities that violate” UN resolutions, she said.
Hua further said that China had always implemented UN resolutions in their entirety and if there really were violations, Beijing would seriously deal with them in accordance with the law.
She said China had looked into the report of a Chinese ship transferring oil to a North Korean vessel and had concluded that it was “inaccurate.”
“There is no record of the vessel visiting a Chinese port” since August, Hua said.
Trump had made the accusation on Thursday.
“Caught RED HANDED - very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea,” Trump wrote in a Twitter message on Thursday. “There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!”
The Chinese spokeswoman said, “I think making pointless hype through the media is not conducive to enhancing mutual trust and cooperation.”