Australia and New Zealand deploy planes to Japan to help enforce North Korea's sanctions

Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne

Australia and New Zealand said their governments were deploying three maritime patrol aircraft in Japan to help with efforts to enforce United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

Australia will add two Orion AP-3C maritime patrol aircraft to carry out maritime surveillance of an existing aircraft deployed earlier this year, Defense Minister Christopher Pyne said in a statement.

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said his government was deploying an Air Force P-3K2 aircraft to conduct international water patrols in northern Asia in search of ship signs carrying out activities that violate the sanctions of the UN against North Korea, including transfers from ship to ship. .

"We welcome the recent dialogue that North Korea has had with the United States and South Korea, however, until North Korea fulfills its international obligations, the full implementation of the sanctions resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations United will be essential, "said Peters.

The plane would be based at Kadena Air Base in Japan, he added.

The United States has been pushing North Korea through sanctions to renounce its nuclear weapons program and in August sanctioned two Russian shipping companies and six ships that it said were involved in the transfer of refined oil products to North Korean ships in violation of the UN restrictions.

Image of NZ MP Winston Peters


The United States and North Korea are engaged in talks aimed at easing tensions between them, and US President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June.

Since then, relations have cooled and last week a planned visit of the main US diplomat to North Korea was canceled because Trump said that insufficient progress towards denuclearization had not been achieved.

The measure adopted by Australia was a "continuation" of the country's "firm position to deter and disrupt illegal trade and tax evasion activities by North Korea and its associated networks," Pyne said.