US demands China cut off oil to North Korea or the US will

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said China must stop exporting crude to North Korea, or “we can take the oil situation into our own hands.”

“The dictator of North Korea made a choice yesterday that brings the world closer to war, not farther from it,” Haley said. “We have never sought war with North Korea, and still today we do not seek it. If war does come, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like we witnessed yesterday.”

“And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed,” she added.

Haley requested the emergency meeting with her counterparts from South Korea and Japan shortly after North Korea’s launch on Tuesday.

China shipments of oil to North Korea

China announced in September it would reduce shipments of refined petroleum products to North Korea to 2 million barrels per year. Last year, China sent 6,000 barrels of oil products per day to North Korea necessary to keep its agriculture, transportation and military sectors running, according to the U.S. Energy Administration.

China continues to send North Korea crude oil, the raw input for fuels like gasoline and diesel. China ships an estimated 10,000 barrels per day to North Korea’s only operating refinery near the Chinese border, EIA says.

The Latest North Korea missile launch was a still more advanced mimssile

Analysts generally agree that the Hwasong-15 marks a significant leap forward in North Korea’s missile development.

If the Hwasong-15 was fitted with a half-ton payload and flown on a standard trajectory, it could probably fly about 5,300 miles, Elleman wrote for 38 North, a website devoted to North Korea, meaning that a 600 kilogram (1,320 pound) payload “barely reaches Seattle.”