News outlet Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that the us sent a report to the United Nations sanctions committee stating that at least 759,793 barrels of oil products had been delivered to North Korea from January 1 to May 30.
"Our information suggests that between January 1 and May 30 of 2018, DPRK (North Korean) tankers have called in port in the DPRK at least 89 times".
The US intelligence report sent to the United Nations sanctions committee estimated that ship-to-ship transfers may have provided North Korea with as much as 1,367,628 barrels of refined products.
The United States provided a list to the Security Council committee of the 89 North Korean tankers and a few select photos, seen by Reuters.More news: Croatia will have 4.5m players in final: Rakitic
But China or Russian Federation, which are permanent members of the Security Council, have previously rejected proposals to strengthen sanctions and could block Washington's request.
The customs agency said Friday exports of Chinese oil and other goods to the North fell 40.6 percent to 6.4 billion yuan ($960 million).
Pompeo insisted that a raft of tough economic sanctions imposed on North Korea would remain in place until "final, fully verified denuclearization" occurs.
The charge of a sanctions breach comes as Washington engages North Korea in a bid to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons. North Korea relies on imported fuel to keep its struggling economy functioning.More news: 8 rare black rhinos die from salt intake at new Kenya habitat
Two countries were also flagged in the US report for their role in provisioning on-the-books exports of petrol products supplementary to the barrels illicitly acquired through ship-to-ship transfers.
China's General Administration of Customs (GACC) spokesperson Huang Songping said at a press conference that exports to North Korea decreased by almost 41 percent in June, while imports from the neighbouring country fell by 92.6 percent during the same period, The Paper reports.
It remains to be seen how the latest United States claim about North Korea's actions will affect discussions on the implementation of the UN Security Council sanctions.
The sanctions committee chaired by the Netherlands set a deadline of 12:00 pm (1600 GMT) on Thursday Jul 19 for countries to raise objections.More news: England tried to score while Croatia celebrated