US adds geschrei to oil sanctions busted

The US-led complaint to the UN Security Council says about 79 cases of 'illegal' supply of refined oil to the DPRK.

The United States and dozens of allies have accused the DPRK of breaching a UN sanctions cap on refined petroleum mainly through illicit transfers between ships at sea, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

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The US-led complaint to the UN Security Council sanctions committee listed 79 illegal deliveries of fuel this year and concluded that the country had breached an annual cap of 500,000 barrels imposed in December 2017, Reuters reported and continued:

The United States and some two dozen countries asked the Security Council sanctions committee to demand an immediate halt to deliveries of refined petroleum to the DPRK.

However, the 15-member committee operates by consensus and Pyongyang allies China and Russia placed a similar US request in limbo a year ago, saying they needed more details on Washington’s accusation then of 89 illicit fuel imports by the DPRK in the first five months of 2018.

The latest US complaint that the DPRK has breached the U.N. cap does not name who it believes is supplying refined petroleum for the transfers at sea, Reuters reported.

According to another media report, estimation is that the DPRK in 2018 received 3.5 million barrels of refined oil, which is seven times the limit set by the sanctions.

The DPRK has never recognized any US-led UN sanctions against it.