Monitoring and surveillance activities by Canada against illicit maritime activities including ship-to-ship transfers
1. In early October, Royal Canadian Navy frigate WINNIPEG began monitoring and surveillance activities against illicit maritime activities, including ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean-flagged vessels prohibited by the United Nations Security Council resolutions (UNSCRs) in waters surrounding Japan including the East China Sea. This is the fourth of such activities by Royal Canadian Navy Vessels since 2018. In addition, Canada will engage in its fifth monitoring and surveillance activities by aircraft since 2018, using Kadena Air Base, under the Agreement Regarding the Status of the United Nations Forces in Japan, from early November to early December.
2. This engagement has been decided following Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement of a two-year extension of the deployment of aircraft and ships by Canada for monitoring and surveillance activities against ship-to-ship transfers, on the occasion of the Japan-Canada summit meeting held in April 2019. Japan welcomes these activities from the viewpoint of ensuring effective implementation of the relevant UNSCRs while maintaining the solidarity of the international community for the realization of North Korea’s dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner.
3. The Japan Coast Guard and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force are also conducting information gathering activities for vessels suspected to be in violation of the UNSCRs, and Japan will work closely with related countries.
Royal Canadian Navy frigate WINNIPEG
Patrol aircraft of Canada CP-140