US President Donald Trump has accused China of conducting oil trade with North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions designed to punish Pyongyang over nuclear and missile programs.
In a tweet on Thursday, Trump said he was “very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea” and suggested that such sales would increase the chances of an armed conflict with Pyongyang.
“Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!” Trump wrote.
Trump’s strong reaction comes after a South Korean newspaper said Chinese and North Korean vessels have been illicitly linking up at sea to get oil to the North.
China earlier on Thursday rejected the allegation, saying there have been no oil sales by Chinese ships to North Korea in violation of UN sanctions.
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Ren…