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

October 29, 2020

1. From late October, Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS ARUNTA will engage in 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 Australian Navy Vessels since 2018.

2. 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 Australian Navy frigate HMAS ARUNTA

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    (Source: Australian Department of Defence)

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