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

September 22, 2018

1. Canada, in addition to the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, has renewed its participation 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, Canada is planning to deploy a patrol aircraft and engage in its activities subject to the UN SOFA.

2. Japan welcomes these activities from the view point of ensuring effective implementation 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.

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