December 05, 2023

Japan releases photos of suspected North Korea-linked ship-to-ship transfer

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Tokyo's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday released photos of a suspected ship-to-ship transfer involving a North Korean vessel, the third case in a month of the illicit trade being caught on camera by Japanese authorities.

In a statement, the foreign ministry said the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF)'s P-3C aircraft and the escort vessel SENDAI spotted the possibly illicit transaction in the East China Sea on Friday afternoon.