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

April 27, 2023
French Navy frigate Prairial which sails for monitoring and surveillance activities French Navy frigate Prairial (Source: French Ministry of Armed Forces)
  1. After early April, French Navy frigate Prairial conducted 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. It was the fifth time for the French Navy to engage in such activities since 2019.
  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.

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