May 24, 2024

New Zealand to deploy new aircraft to monitor North Korean sanctions evasion

Boeing P-8A Poseidon will operate out of Okinawa from mid-April and watch for illegal ship-to-ship transfers

New Zealand will deploy a patrol aircraft to support the monitoring and surveillance of illegal ship-to-ship transfers by North Korea, Japan’s foreign ministry announced on Tuesday.

In a press release, the ministry stated that a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-8A Poseidon aircraft will operate from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa from mid-April to early May, the sixth time the RNZAF has contributed to monitoring North Korea’s illicit maritime activities in violation of U.N. Security Council sanctions since 2018.

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