Australia to Send Military Aircraft to Monitor North Korean Ships

Elias Hubbard
April 29, 2018

The Canadian Armed Forces craft, to be based in the US military's Kadena air base in Japan, joins an Australian P-8A Poseidon aircraft as the latest additions to a force of American, Japanese, and British air and sea crafts already in the region.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia's airplane would join forces with Canadian and British aircraft, all of which were to operate from a United States military base on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said today during a televised press conference that the member states hope that "surveillance of the area enables [ship-to-ship] smuggling to be identified and then, of course, those who are a party to that to be held responsible and brought to account".

Turnbull said, "That is part of our collaboration with partners in that exercise to enforce those United Nations sanctions, and it's very important that be done".

Mr Turnbull said he welcomed the outcome of the meeting between North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, but treated it with caution.

"The leaders of North and South Korea have said that's their goal, it's the goal of the global community, what we've now got to do is not relent on the economic pressure until that goal is achieved", he said.

The Korean Central News Agency on Saturday referred to Japan's defense minister who said the North's announcement to halt nuclear tests was not enough.

It is unusual for foreign forces other than US forces to use a base in Japan to participate in such operations.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said pressure needed to be maintained against the North to ensure the peninsula would eventually be free of nuclear weapons.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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