Frigate HMS Montrose tracked an illegal fuel transfer at sea while conducting United Nations sanctions enforcement against North Korea, say the Royal Navy.
According to a news release, HMS Montrose spotted a North Korean ship in the East China Sea, alongside another ship of unknown nationality.
“It is assessed that the ships were carrying out a ship-to-ship transfer of fuel, which is prohibited by United Nations sanctions. The team on board HMS Montrose gathered photographic evidence of the activity and this information has now been reported to the United Nations.”
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“Our Royal Navy presence in East Asia over the last year has been a robust deterrent against those trying to evade international sanctions on North Korea. Sanctions evasion helps facilitate North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme and is a major source of funding.
Sanctions will remain in place and we and our partners will keep enforcing them until we see concrete steps towards North Korea’s complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.”