Monitoring and surveillance activities by UK against illicit maritime activities including ship-to-ship transfers

the UK Royal Navy frigate RICHMOND (Source:Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom))

1.In mid September, the UK Royal Navy frigate RICHMOND conducted in monitoring and surveillance activities against illicit maritime activities, including ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean-flagged vessels prohibited by the United Nations Security Council resolutions (UNSCRs) in waters surrounding Japan including the East China Sea. It was the fifth time for the UK Royal Navy to engage in such activities since 2018.

2.Japan welcomes these activities from the viewpoint of ensuring effective implementation of the relevant UNSCRs while maintaining the solidarity of the international community for the realization of North Korea’s dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner.