North Korea likely conducted at least 89 ship-to-ship transfers to illicitly obtain refined petroleum products between January 1 and May 30, USA data provided to the United Nations and seen by NK News on Friday claims.
As of May 30, 89 North Korean tankers had acquired refined oil based goods illegally got in ship-to-ship exchanges this year, reported the United States.
The U.S. intelligence briefing asserted that most of the illegal oil was imported with Chinese and Russian help in a deliberate effort to undermine worldwide pressure against North Korea's push for nuclear missiles.
Leaders of the NATO member states have called on the global community to maintain "decisive pressure" on North Korea to force it to abandon its military nuclear program, including by fully implementing existing United Nations (U.N.) sanctions.
Thursday's developments follow Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang last week, which was meant to make progress on a denuclearization agreement with North Korea.
The United States requested that the UN committee declare that North Korea had violated the UN-approved quota and "order an immediate halt to all transfers of refined petroleum products" to North Korea. The two countries have resisted toughening sanctions on North Korea.
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Previously, North Korea called the talks with the American delegation headed by Secretary of state Mike Pompeo" regrettable " and accused Washington of attempt of pressure upon the DPRK.
The United States did not say which countries it believed were illicitly providing North Korea with refined petroleum.
Last month, Trump met the North Korean leader in a historic summit in Singapore.
According to the Security Council North Korea sanctions committee website, only Russian Federation and China have reported legitimate sales of some 14,000 tons of refined petroleum to North Korea in 2018. The letter said that those sales must stop immediately.
According to the United States information, a Russian-flagged tanker identified as Patriot transferred fuel to a tanker on April 10 which then arrived at North Korea's Nampo port five days later.
The naming of Russia comes four days before Trump is due to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.