Monitoring and surveillance activities by Partner countries against
illicit maritime activities including ship-to-ship transfers

September 7, 2018
Japanese

    1.  Partner countries, in addition to the U.S., have decided again to engage in monitoring and surveillance activities against illicit maritime activities, including ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean-flagged vessels prohibited by UNSCRs, based in Kadena Air Base from the middle of September. At present, Australia and New Zealand are planning to deploy patrol aircraft and engage in the activities subject to UN SOFA.
    2.  Japan welcomes these activities from the view point of ensuring effectiveness of the relevant UNSCRs while maintaining the solidarity of international community for the realization of North Korea’s dismantlement of all WMD and ballistic missiles in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner.
    3.  The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Japan Coast Guard are also conducting information gathering activities for vessels suspected to be in the violation of UNSCRs, and Japan will work closely with related countries.