China’s clandestine oil trade with Kim Jong Un’s government is currently being reviewed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)’s sanctions committee on North Korea, the foreign ministry in Seoul confirmed.
According to a report from Yonhap earlier this week, foreign ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk, who spoke with newsmen at a press briefing, said that currently, the UNSC sanctions committee Pyongyang is leading a related discussion.
Earlier in the day, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper revealed that that U.S. reconnaissance satellites found that the two countries had engaged in illegal trading of oil by sea on about 30 occasions since October — a sign the neighbors are circumventing UNSC resolutions that limit the supply of oil to the North.
Although the spokesman did not disclose details of the ongoing discussion in the U.N. committee, there are speculations that it could mean that the committee will adopt new measures to block oil trafficking between North Korea and China.
Kyu-duk highlighted the importance of China’s implementation of UNSC sanctions, saying, “China has been underlining its stance of faithfully implementing related UNSC resolutions under the principle of not tolerating North Korean nuclear (weapons) and of seeking a peaceful resolution of the issue.”
The diplomat also said South Korea will continue to increase its communications with China so that the latter can expand its role in solving the issue.