November 29, 2023

Japan releases new images of North Korea sanctions breach at sea

Images likely show illegal transfer of oil products to North Korea

The Japanese government on Tuesday published photos dated May 19 of what it says likely shows a sanctioned North Korean vessel engaging in prohibited ship-to-ship (STS) transfers in the East China Sea.

Images, taken from a Japanese Maritime Defense Force P-3C aircraft, show a North Korean oil tanker alongside a smaller vessel with pumps or hosing connecting the two, which would be typical of STS transfers involving fuel products.