Britain says there is evidence of a ship violating North Korea’s arms sanctions


The British Navy said on Sunday that “multiple ships of various nationalities” broke UN sanctions targeting North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missile programs.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Type 23 Royal Navy frigate HMS Richmond, separated from the Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21) to participate in UN sanctions enforcement activities in the Indo-Pacific region, “clearly violated UN sanctions. We have gathered the latest information about other ships of interest. MoD said the evidence had been submitted to the UN Enforcement Coordinating Cell.

The CSG21, consisting of nine ships, 32 aircraft and 3,700 personnel, will be deployed in May by the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth’s CSG21 for a 28-week deployment ending in the Indo-Pacific region. it was done.

HMS Richmond
HMS Richmond dateless photo. (Distribution via Royal Navy / PA)

HMS Richmond Commander Hubotteril MBE said executive activity was a “significant moment” in the deployment of CSG21.

“HMS Richmond is proud to participate in efforts to reduce North Korea. [Democratic Republic of Korea] Weapons of mass destruction programs, reports on vessels of interest, and valuable images and contact data, “said Botelil. statement..

“My team found multiple vessels of various nationalities that seemed to violate UN Security Council sanctions, and found and tracked many vessels that were not previously identified in the Executive Coordination Office. , I approached, “he said.

British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said: “North Korea’s ambition to acquire weapons of mass destruction destabilizes the region and poses a threat to the world. This important activity, which is part of the carrier strike group deployment in the region, has these ambitions. I was frustrated. “

MoD added that the CSG 21 series of exercises with Japan, the United States and South Korea demonstrates “the UK’s lasting commitment to the Indo-Pacific.”

HMS Richmond is currently conducting a regular maintenance program with Janan.

North Korea is subject to strict international sanctions on its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Negotiations aimed at persuading Pyongyang to abandon these weapons in return for lifting sanctions are stalled.

Earlier this month, a US-based research group said in a report that smugglers suspected of evading sanctions on North Korea turned to plans to create fraudulent identities on sanctioned vessels.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Lily Zhou


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.