Chosun Ilbo: U.S. reconnaissance satellites have spotted Chinese ships selling oil to North Korean vessels on the West Sea around 30 times since October. According to South Korean government sources, the satellites have pictured large Chinese and North Korean ships illegally trading in oil in a part of the West Sea closer to China than South Korea. The satellite pictures even show the names of the ships.
U.S. reconnaissance satellites have spotted Chinese ships selling oil to North Korean vessels on the West Sea...The satellite pictures even show the names of the ships.
Hi-res pics from space! Good to note to be sure to wave at the satellites whenever you go outside ;).
Smuggling over the high seas has existed since before the sail era, what shall the US do about it?
The U.S. Treasury Department placed six North Korean shipping and trading companies and 20 of their ships on sanctions list on Nov. 21
That's a start, but (IMO) the Chinese based ships should have had their sponsoring companies sanctioned as well, because it takes two to
tango illegally trade oil.
Trump thought he had North Korea locked in a vice. No coal and no oil. A sure-fire winning strategy. North Korea will be on its knees in a flash, bowing in humility to the all-powerful, all omnipotent Donald Trump who holds their fate in the palm of his hands.
LOL ~ I can feel Trump's chestnuts roasting as we speak.
So, what's Trump going to do next? China must be punished for their irreverance. But how? Freeze their assets? Cancel their trade deals with the U.S. Throw up a naval blockade?
I guess Trump could ask his legislators to impose an import tax on Chinese goods thus throwing the U.S. economy into a tailspin. Yeah, that's the ticket. Then all the legislators have to do is commit political suicide. No problem.
I only question the word "selling." I doubt the N. Koreans are loaded with cash so I would thing the word "giving" would be more appropriate.
The Chinese are well known for passing gas.
Bring on the Fire and Fury!
Turn the Armada around!
Send in more chocolate cake!
The Armada can go to the island country of Binomo after they deal with these lawless Oil Smokers.
Embarrassing China may be the best plan.
Second best is having a destroyer get within cell phone photo range of the ships and inform the Chinese captain through load speakers that he's been tricked and the other ship is north korean.
Gee, where is the Short-fingered Vulgarian and his tweets of condemnation NOW?
Silly me, he's trying to build hotels in China, so he won't do or say squat.
OTOH, he will deflect into forcing Sessions to investigate the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One...again. It's what despots do.
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