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Japan notifies UN of suspected ship-to-ship transfer involving North Korean tanker

  • January 25, 2018
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri, Sankei
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Asahi wrote that the GOJ announced on Wednesday that it has reported to a UN Security council panel on sanctions on North Korea a suspected ship-to-ship transfer of goods between North Korean and Dominican Republic-flagged tankers in the East China Sea in violation of UN sanctions. According to the joint announcement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense, a JMSDF P-3C patrol ship spotted the two vessels sailing alongside each other in the early hours of Jan. 20 and Japan decided to notify the UN of its strong suspicion of a ship-to-ship transfer. The GOJ shared the information with the United States, South Korea, and other relevant nations. Yomiuri and Sankei ran similar reports, adding that MOFA posted on its website photos of the alleged transfer taken by a JMSDF plane.

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