South Korea confirmed Friday that it is holding a Hong Kong-registered vessel over claims that it violated sanctions in October by transferring oil in international waters to a North Korean ship, the BBC reports. President Trump had alluded to the transfer in a tweet Thursday in which he blasted China for being "caught RED HANDED."
Satellite imagery the US says shows an Oct 19 ship-to-ship transfer, possibly of oil, between two vessels in an effort to evade sanctions on North Korea. President Trump said Beijing had been "caught red-handed," after these satellite images were republished this week. pic.twitter.com/rDd9btPXXN
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying has denied the nation is violating sanctions, and said if China discovers such an example, it will be dealt with "in accordance with laws and regulations," CNN reports. South Korea says that the Lighthouse Winmore — the Taiwanese-leased, Hong Kong-flagged ship that made the alleged oil transfer — illustrates "one of the main ways in which North Korea uses an illegal network to circumvent" the sanctions. Jeva Lange