Japan Applauds Australian Efforts Toward North Korea

February 24, 2020 (Google Translation) – Australia’s vigilance and surveillance activities against illegal maritime activities, including the “ship-to-ship” of North Korean-registered vessels

In response to illegal maritime activities, including the “ship-to-ship” of North Korean-flagged vessels prohibited by a UN Security Council resolution, Australia will hold the U.S. Forces Japan in Japan from early March to late March under the UN Status of Forces Agreement. The Kadena Air Base will be used for the eighth aircraft-based warning and surveillance activity 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 UN Security Council resolutions by the Maritime Self-Defense Force, and will cooperate closely with the countries concerned.

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