>> South Korean authorities have seized a ship suspected of transferring oil products to North Korea in total violation of international sanctions. The oil tanker bearing the flag of Panama has the capacity to carry over 5,000 tons of oil. The seizure was the second to be reviewed by South Korea within a few days, as the UN steps up efforts to cut oil supplies to the reclusive North, oil that's essential to develop Kim Jong-un's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Just last week President Donald Trump accused China of supplying oil to Pyongyang in defiance of UN sanctions. Beijing denied those reports. Sources also told Reuters that Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring supplies at sea, breaching UN sanctions.