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In tweet, Trump accuses China of allowing oil to reach North Korea

President Trump isn’t taking a holiday vacation from Twitter. In one of three tweets early Thursday from his West Palm Beach golf club, he charged that China was “caught RED HANDED” allowing oil shipments to reach North Korean ports.

Pronouncing himself “very disappointed,” Trump in effect was acknowledging the failure of his months-long effort to convince China to clamp down further on energy shipments going to the isolated country, which relies heavily on Beijing, as a way to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. 

Also Thursday, Trump sought to remind the world that he's long warned about the dangers posed by North Korea's nukes by tweeting a compilation video that included edited footage of an interview he did with NBC's "Meet the Press" nearly two decades ago.

In the interview, Trump said he'd be willing to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea if negotiating “like crazy” didn't work. And he described the country as “sort of wacko.”

The compilation video juxtaposed Trump's interview with a 1994 clip of then-President Clinton announcing a deal to stop North Korea’s nuclear program.

Trump’s tweets came after a South Korean newspaper published what it said were U.S. spy satellite images of Chinese ships selling oil to North Korean ships.

The United Nations Security Council, which includes China, has voted repeatedly to restrict fuel shipments to North Korea. Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping in November to cut off North Korea’s oil supply entirely, the American ambassador to the U.N., Nikki R. Haley, said at the time.

It is unclear if Trump’s admonishment of China was based on news reports or classified information he received from U.S. intelligence officials. There was no daily intelligence briefing on Trump’s public schedule Thursday.

This post contains reporting from Times staff writer Brian Bennett and the Associated Press.

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