Japan Welcomes Australian Assistance Monitoring the DPRK

Australia’s vigilance and surveillance activities against illegal maritime activities, including the “ship-to-ship” of North Korean-registered vessels

Australia will stay in Japan from mid-August to mid-September under the UN Status of Forces Agreement in response to illegal maritime activities, including the “ship-to-ship” of North Korean-registered vessels prohibited by a UN Security Council resolution. Using the US military Kadena Air Base, we are planning to carry out the 9th warning and surveillance activity by aircraft since 2018.

For Japan, the international community has united to realize the destruction of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner in North Korea, and the UN Security Council We welcome these efforts from the perspective of working to ensure the effectiveness of the resolution.

The Ministry of Defense and the Self-Defense Forces are also collecting information on vessels suspected of violating the UN Security Council resolution by the Maritime Self-Defense Force, and will cooperate closely with the countries concerned.

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