As the rest of the world sits on the edge of their seat, biting their nails over the next phase of the North Korean crisis, the one link between the U.S. and Kim Jong Un may have just betrayed us.
This perilous tension that has arisen over the last 12 months could spell trouble for the entire globe. Kim Jong Un’s incessant push toward becoming a nuclear power is nearing an end, after successful tests of thermonuclear devices and intercontinental ballistic missiles both made headlines over the summer. Now, with further testing seemingly inevitable, UN sanctions were enacted in order to curb the rogue regime’s fiscal gymnastics for the time being.
Given that North Korea’s number one trade partner is China, these sanctions focused on two resources that the Asian allies deal in heavily: Oil and coal.
Unfortunately, it looks as though China has decided to forego those sanctions.
“U.S. spy satellites reportedly captured photos of Chinese ships illegally selling oil to North Korean boats some 30 times since October.
“Satellite images released by the U.S. Department of Treasury appeared to show vessels from both countries illegally trading oil in the West Sea, The Chosun Ilbo reported Tuesday, citing South Korean government sources.
“North Korea was barred in September by the United Nations Security Council from importing natural gas and had its crude oil imports capped in response to Kim Jong Un’s nuclear missile program.“The U.S. Treasury in November also sanctioned North Korea’s Maritime Administrationand its transport ministry, in addition to six North Korean shipping and trading companies and 20 of their vessels, in an effort to block the rogue regime’s transportation networks.
This inexcusable betrayal will not likely be met with nonchalance from U.S. President Donald Trump, who has spent much of his first year as Commander in Chief attempting to coax the Chinese government into squeezing North Korea into subservience.