JAPAN NAVY SPOTS SUSPECTED CHINA SHIP NEXT TO N KOREA TANKER

JAPAN NAVY SPOTS SUSPECTED CHINA SHIP NEXT TO N KOREA TANKER

New Delhi May 31  Japan’s Foreign Ministry says a Japanese navy surveillance aircraft has spotted a suspected Chinese-flagged ship apparently transferring fuel to a North Korean tanker on the open seas. Tuesday’s ministry statement said the two vessels were suspected of engaging in offshore ship-to-ship transfers banned under UNSC resolutions.

It said Japan has informed the UN Security Council of the May 19 sighting of the North Korean-flagged tanker, Ji Song 6, moored alongside the ship carrying a flag believed to be Chinese. Four photos taken by the Maritime Self-Defence Force show the ships alongside each other, connected by a hose.