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Australia, New Zealand to deploy MPAs to monitor North Korean vessels

12 September 2018

The governments of Australia and New Zealand announced on 7 September that they will deploy maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to Japan to monitor North Korean vessels suspected of transferring goods banned by UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

Canberra will deploy two AP-3C Orion MPAs “to conduct maritime surveillance in support of the international effort to enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions on North Korea,” said Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne in a statement, pointing out that the move is “a continuation of our strong stand to deter and disrupt illicit trade and sanctions-evasion activities by North Korea and its associated networks”.

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