The United Nations passed sanctions that banned any nation from providing oil and other supplies and commodities to North Korea, but those sanctions hare apparently being ignored by some nations, but the question is what nations?
Case in point is the oil tanker named the Lighthouse Winmore. The ship had cocked in the South Korean port of Yeosu where it loaded up with oil that was supposed to go to Taiwan. However, the Lighthouse Winmore is reported to have rendezvoused with another ship before reaching Taiwan. The Lighthouse Winmore transferred 600 tons of oil to the other ship which then took the oil to North Korea. South Korea has now seized the Lighthouse Winmore in response to the allegations.
(BBC) – South Korea has revealed it seized a Hong Kong-registered ship last month suspected of supplying oil to the North in breach of international sanctions.
Officials said the Lighthouse Winmore had secretly transferred 600 tonnes of refined oil to a North Korean ship.
A UN Security Council resolution bans ship-to-ship transfers of any goods destined for Pyongyang.
The revelations came as China denied claims by President Donald Trump it had allowed oil shipments to the North.
The ship entered Yeosu port in South Korea on 11 October to load up with refined oil and left for Taiwan four days later, Yonhap news agency reported.
But instead of going to Taiwan it transferred the oil to a North Korean ship and three other vessels in international waters on 19 October, South Korean officials were quoted as saying…
Since the Lighthouse Winmore is leased by Taiwan, the incident is causing an international stir between China and the United States. It seems the only evidence supporting the allegations are satellite photos taken by a US satellite that caught the ship-to-ship rendezvous and transferring of the oil.