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Australia, Canada to help monitor DPRK’s illegal ship-to-ship transfers

  • April 29, 2018
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Sankei
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Sunday’s Asahi wrote that the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs announced on Saturday that Australia and Canada will participate in multilateral efforts to monitor North Korea’s illegal ship-to-ship transfers of goods at sea by deploying patrol planes to the U.S. military’s Kadena Air Base. The paper wrote that the United States, Japan, Australia, and Canada will enhance the ongoing surveillance activities in the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan through information sharing. Sankei and Mainichi ran similar stories, with Mainichi adding that a British Royal Navy ship that has been dispatched to waters near Japan for joint drills is already participating in the surveillance mission. In a related development, Monday’s Yomiuri and Asahi wrote that the MSDF announced on Sunday that a destroyer, replenishment vessel, reconnaissance plane, and submarine will participate in a joint exercise with a Royal Navy frigate in waters off the Kanto region on April 27-28.

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