Japan-North Korea Relations
Suspicion of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of goods by North Korea-related vessels
February 13, 2018
North Korea’s nuclear and missile development represents an unprecedented, grave and imminent threat. It is not an exaggeration to state that the security situation surrounding Japan has become most severe since the end of World War II.
Japan must be united with the international community to enhance pressure on North Korea to the maximum degree, including implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2397 adopted in December 2017, in order to urge North Korea to change its policies.
UNSCR 2375 adopted in September 2017 prohibits all Member States from facilitating or engaging in ship-to-ship transfers of goods to or from North Korean-flagged vessels.
Towards the common goal of the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Japan must work closely with the international community, including not only with the United States and the Republic of Korea, but also with China, Russia and other countries and ensure the effective implementation of the relevant UNSCR including measures to tackle ship-to-ship transfers.
- Suspicion of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of goods by Rye Song Gang 1, North Korean-flagged tanker, and Wan Heng 11, Belizean-flagged tanker (February 13, 2018)
- Suspicion of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of goods by Rye Song Gang 1, North Korean-flagged tanker, and Yuk Tung, Dominican-flagged tanker (January 20, 2018)