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Japan seeks help to block North Korea's smuggling at sea

Asia-Pacific countries will work together to block sanctions evasion

The North Korean tanker Chon Ma San was seen pulled up alongside a Maldivian-registered ship this weekend. (Photo courtesy of the Japanese Ministry of Defense)

TOKYO -- Japan wants help from partners, including the U.S. and South Korea, to keep an eye on North Korea's maritime smuggling and hold the hermit state to international sanctions.

To that end, the Tokyo government will hold working-level meetings with Washington and Seoul officials. The goal is to involve countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region to monitor internatioanl waters for sanctions evastion by Pyongyang.

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