- The Washington Times - Friday, July 13, 2018

The U.S. accused North Korea of violating U.N. sanctions by illegally smuggling oil into its borders, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

The AP obtained documents sent from the U.S. delegation to the Security Council highlighting 89 times that North Korean covertly brought refined petroleum products in through “ship-to-ship” transfers.

The deliveries, which occurred from the beginning of January 2018 until the end of May 2018, could have imported almost 1.4 million barrels. Under sanctions, North Korea is only allowed to 500,00 barrels.

The report comes during ongoing negotiations between U.S. and North Korean officials.

On Thursday, President Trump touted the “great work” being done and shared a letter he said was from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The letter never mentioned any specific commitments to denuclearization, and North Korean officials criticized the country after Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s most recent visit.

However, Mr. Pompeo says that the meeting to outline the specifics of the denuclearization process was productive.

“We had a productive conversation,” he said during the president’s NATO press conference. “There remains a great deal of work to do, but I think, most importantly, my counterpart, Kim Yong-chol, made a commitment consistent with what President Trump was able to achieve with Chairman Kim, which was: They intend to denuclearize. They’re going to accomplish it. And now the task is to get it implemented.”

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