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China handles about 90% of the North's foreign trade. Oil restrictions have always been seen as the ultimate leverage Beijing possesses over Pyongyang, a leverage China has been reluctant to use despite frequent American requests to do so.

"Imports of North Korean food, machinery, and some other goods are already banned under the sanctions", notes USA Today.

But instead of going to Taiwan it transferred the oil to a North Korean ship and three other vessels in global waters on 19 October, South Korean officials were quoted as saying.

"It's unclear how much oil the ship had transferred to North Korea for how long and on how many occasions, but it clearly showed North Korea is engaged in evading the sanctions", the official told Reuters.

The newspaper said six other ships that US authorities say are violating North Korea sanctions are Chinese-owned but registered overseas.

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Exports of crude oil will not exceed four million barrels (525,000 tonnes) during any 12-month period, and exports of refined oil products will cease when the total approaches a ceiling of 500,000 barrels.

"The worldwide shipping industry is open, and it is common for ships to change flag country, registration place or charter to other parties", Geng said.

The United States said the full co-operation of China, North Korea's neighbour and main trading partner, is vital to the success of efforts to rein in North Korea, while warning that all options are on the table, including military ones, in dealing with it.

It was not immediately possible to find information for the company.

Employees at the office of Lighthouse Ship Management, the ship's registered manager, in the Chinese port city of Guangzhou, declined to comment and said they had no knowledge of the situation.

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China's Commerce Ministry said on Friday it will limit exports of crude oil, refined oil products, steel and other metals to North Korea, in line with tough new sanctions imposed by the United Nations for Pyongyang's missile tests. The U.N. resolution announced on December 22. limits crude oil supplies to Pyongyang at 4 million barrels a year, and refined petroleum products at 500,000 barrels a year.

This defies a UN Security Council resolution imposed on 11 September.

In November a year ago, when a North Korean ballistic missile landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone, Taiwan's president said her country will support any North-Korea related security agreements.

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