Monitoring and surveillance activities by Canada against illicit maritime activities including ship-to-ship transfers
November 7, 2023
(Source: Department of National Defence of Canada)
- In early September, Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS VANCOUVER began and has completed 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. This is the eighth time for such activities to take place since 2018.
- Japan welcomes these activities from the viewpoint of ensuring effective implementation of the relevant UNSCRs in solidarity with the international community toward 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.
- 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 works closely with related countries including Canada and related international organizations.