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Japan MSDF Watching Out for N. Korean Oil Smuggling at Sea

Japan MSDF Watching Out for N. Korean Oil Smuggling at Sea

   Tokyo, Jan. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force is conducting surveillance activities off the Korean Peninsula to watch out for North Korea's possible oil smuggling at sea, government officials said Saturday.
   The activities are being conducted in the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan from last month, the officials said, adding that the MSDF sends a destroyer if a P-3C patrol airplane finds any suspicious ship.
   In November last year, the U.S. government said that a North Korean ship had carried out a ship-to-ship transfer of what appeared to be oil in a suspected effort to evade sanctions under U.N. Security Council resolutions.
   The MSDF is watching out for similar ship-to-ship transfers to North Korean vessels at the request of the United States, the officials said.
   The MSDF takes images of suspicious ships and provide necessary information to the U.S. Navy, according to the officials.

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