British warship to help police North Korean sanctions

From Reuters - April 11, 2018

TOKYO (Reuters) - A British warship changed its deployment and arrived in Japan on Wednesday to join efforts to police U.N. sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs.

The Royal Navy frigate HMS Sutherland arrived at Yokosuka, the headquarters of Japans Maritime Defence Force fleet and home port of the U.S. Seventh Fleets carrier strike group.

It will be contributing to the international efforts to monitor prohibited trade at sea by the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK), which provides a major source of funding for its illegal nuclear program, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement, referring to North Korea by its official name.

The Sutherland arrived as the two Koreas prepare for a summit this month and U.S. President Donald Trump readies to meet North Korea leader Kim Jong Un as early as May.

Its about pressure. She is part of an international message that is going to North Korea and for the United Kingdom to see fit to send one of its frigates, to change its deployment from Southeast Asia, is part of that very powerful message,Paul Casson, the British defence attache in Japan, told reporters in Tokyo.


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