Source: Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
October 1, 2019
1. Canada has decided to engage in monitoring and surveillance activities for the fourth time since last year by aircraft against illicit maritime activities, including ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean-flagged vessels prohibited by the UNSCRs, based in Kadena Air Base subject to UN SOFA, from the beginning of October.
2. This engagement has been decided following Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement of a two-year extension of the deployment aircraft and ships by Canada for monitoring and surveillance activities against ship-to-ship transfers on the occasion of the Japan-Canada summit meeting held this April. 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 WMDs and ballistic missiles of all ranges in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner.
3. The Japan Coast Guard and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force are also conducting information gathering activities for vessels suspected to be in violation of the UNSCRs, and Japan will work closely with related countries.
(1) Patrol Aircraft
Partner countries, in addition to the U.S., have engaged in monitoring and surveillance activities based in Kadena Air Base by aircraft.
- New Zealand
: from the middle of September 2018 for a month and a half : from the middle of March 2019 for three weeks
(2) Naval vessels
Naval vessels of partner countries have engaged in monitoring and surveillance activities in waters surrounding Japan including the East China Sea.