Japan says its military witnessed a cargo transfer between China and North Korea on the high seas and suspected that the action violated UN sanctions imposed on Pyongyang.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday (2/2) a maritime ship and a escort ship found a North Korean-flagged tanker, identified as Yu Jong 2, was next to a small ship last Friday some 250 kilometers from Shanghai in the East China Sea.
The country of origin of the ship was unknown, but the ministry it says, the words "Min Ning De You 078" in Chinese is written on the ship's bow, which means oil ship from Ningde city, Fujian province, China.
The ministry has reported the suspicious transfers to the UN Security Council. This is the third such incident reported by Tokyo this year.
Pyongyang is subjected to a series of sanctions by the UN Security Council for its ongoing test of nujlir and ballistic missiles. One such sanction is to prohibit all UN members from facilitating or involved in the transfer of goods to or from North Korean flag ships. [ab/lt]