Japan defense force ships watching for North Korea smuggling at sea

Japan defense force ships watching for North Korea smuggling at sea

Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels have been sent to waters off the Korean Peninsula since late last year in their first involvement in efforts to crack down on North Korea's attempts to evade international sanctions, government sources said, Nikkei Asian Review reported.

Following a request from the U.S. military in December, MSDF ships have been deployed to areas including the Yellow Sea to monitor whether refined oil is being transferred from foreign ships to North Korea vessels in violation of U.N. sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs, they said.

The Japanese government may report on that effort to an international meeting of foreign ministers on North Korean issues to be held in Vancouver, Canada, on Tuesday.

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