Australia and Japan to monitor illicit activities at sea

February 12 2023

From February to March, Australia will engage in monitoring and surveillance activities by aircraft against illicit maritime activities, including ship-to-ship transfers with the DPRK-flagged vessels.  For these purposes, the Kadena Air Base (US) in Japan will be used. 

According to the Foreign Ministry of Japan, it will be the eleventh time for such activities. The first monitoring of ships engaged in illicit operations, including bunkering, was conducted in 2018.

The Japan Coast Guard also conducts intelligence-gathering activities on ships suspected of violating UNSCRs, so Japan is working closely with other countries conducting such surveillance.




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