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Trump claims China has been ‘caught red handed’ allowing oil into North Korea

There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen.

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US President Donald Trump has accused China of allowing oil into North Korea in violation of international sanctions, despite denials from Chinese officials.

“Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea,” Mr Trump tweeted. “There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!”

The tweet came shortly after South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported that US satellites had photographed Chinese ships selling oil to North Korean vessels on around 30 occasions. UN sanctions have drastically capped the amount of oil products allowed into the country in the wake of their recent ballistic missile tests.

Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang denied that China had violated the sanctions, telling Reuters: “The situation you have mentioned absolutely does not exist.”

The Chosun Ilbo report, which was picked up by Fox News, cited South Korean government officials who said China and North Korea had been trading illegally in the West Sea. The report included photos, purportedly from US satellites, which the paper claims shows the two countries trading oil ship to ship, in order to evade sanctions.

China is North Korea’s top trading partner and energy supplier, but voted to support the UN Security Security Council’s latest sanctions last week. The sanctions cap exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea at 500,000 barrels per year, and crude oil supplies at 4m barrels.

China has not disclosed its crude exports to North Korea in years, but industry sources say it still supplies about 520,000 tonnes, or 3.8m barrels, to the country each year.

Chinese customs data obtained by Reuters, however, showed China exported no oil products at all to North Korea in November. Beijing also imported no North Korean iron ore, coal or lead that month, according to the customs data.

The US published photos last month of what it alleged were North Korean ships engaging in ship-to-ship trades. The government also sanctioned four Chinese companies and one individual who were said to have deep economic ties to North Korea.

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US unemployment rate falls to 50-year low

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The U.S. unemployment rate fell in September to a new five-decade low of 3.5%, while employers added a modest 136,000 jobs.

The Labor Department says that despite the ultra-low unemployment rate, which was down from 3.7% in August, average hourly wages slipped by a penny. Hourly pay rose just 2.9% from a year earlier, lower than 3.4% at the beginning of the year.

Hiring has slowed this year as the U.S.-China trade war has intensified, global growth has slowed, and businesses have cut back on their investment spending. Still, hiring has averaged 157,000 in the past three months, enough to lower the unemployment rate over time.

The unemployment rate for Latinos fell to 3.9%, the lowest on records dating from 1973.

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Trump embarrassed by TV channel

As Trump was speaking to the media after meeting Zelensky to clarify his position, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace cut into it, saying: “We hate to do this but the President isn’t telling the truth.”

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New York, Sep 26 : US President Donald Trump was subjected to an embarrassment when the MSNBC news channel cut away from his press conference while he was speaking on the controversy surrounding him over the Ukrainian probe against former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump on Wednesday was addressing the press conference against the backdrop of impeachment proceedings announced against him by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following allegations that he put pressure on the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to order a probe against Biden whose family has business interests there.

The allegation against Trump came to light because of a whistleblower and a transcript of the conversation between him and Zelensky in July, which has become public.

As Trump was speaking to the media after meeting Zelensky to clarify his position, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace cut into it, saying: “We hate to do this but the President isn’t telling the truth.”

She added that Trump was trying to do it to deflect the attention from his impeachment.

According to the transcript of the telephonic conversation that has gone public, Trump is heard asking Zelensky to “do us a favour”, after the latter expresses gratitude for the military aid the US provided to his country.

Trump’s words of “do us a favour” is seen as a quid pro quo for the American military aid, because of which the impeachment proceedings have been announced.

After Wallace cut the press conference, her guest on the programme, justice and security analyst Matthew Miller, rebuked Trump for saying that Biden and his son had done wrong.

“This story has been looked at and thoroughly debunked by everyone involved,” Miller said, adding the real issue was whether Trump’s conduct is “impeachable”.

Trump is facing problem at a time when he is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly.

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Kim Jong-un receives ‘excellent’ letter from Trump

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Pyongyang, June 23 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has received a personal letter with “excellent” and “interesting” content from US President Donald Trump, Pyongyang’s state media said on Sunday.

“After reading the letter, the Supreme Leader of the Party, the state and the armed forces said with satisfaction that the letter is of excellent content,” the Korean Central News Agency said, referring to its leader.

“Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump, Kim Jong-un said that he would seriously contemplate the interesting content,” it added.

The KCNA did not disclose when and how the letter was delivered to Kim, reports Yonhap News Agency.

The letter appears to be in response to the one Kim sent to Trump recently in time for the anniversary of their first-ever summit in Singapore last June.

Trump had described Kim’s letter as “beautiful” and “very warm”. He also emphasized that the relationship between them remains strong and that “something will happen that’s going to be very positive”.

The exchange of correspondence between the leaders renewed hopes for a resumption of denuclearization talks which have stalled since the breakdown of their second summit in February.

The summit collapsed as Pyongyang wanted sanctions relief as a corresponding measure in exchange for dismantling its Yongbyon nuclear complex, while Washington insisted that sanctions should remain in place until the North completely gives up its nuclear weapons programme.

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