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Maritime monitoring operations by the United Kingdom against illicit maritime activities including ship-to-ship transfers

June 24, 2024
Royal Navy HMS SPEY, Offshore Patrol Vessel (Source: UK Ministry of Defence)
  1. From mid to late June, Royal Navy HMS SPEY 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. It was the twelfth time for the UK Royal Navy vessel to engage in such activities to take place since 2018.
  2. 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.
  3. As Japan has also been conducting information gathering activities for vessels suspected of violating the UNSCRs, Japan works closely with relevant countries and international organizations, including the United Kingdom.

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