July 14, 2020

Japan releases new images of potential North Korean sanctions evasion at sea
Tokyo "strongly suspects" illegal ship-to-ship transfer took place, says MOFA

The Japanese government on Friday published images showing what appears to be a North Korean oil tanker engaged in sanctioned activity with a vessel of unknown nationality on the high seas in May.

The images - taken on May 24 by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force - show the already-sanctioned Sam Jong 2 alongside another vessel, suggesting a Ship-to-Ship (STS) transfer, which is prohibited under current UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, had taken place.