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N. Korea denounces Canada, France for monitoring illicit maritime activities

All News 16:28 October 25, 2021

By Choi Soo-hyang

SEOUL, Oct. 25 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's foreign ministry on Monday denounced Canada and France for dispatching patrol planes near the Korean Peninsula to monitor the North's activities violating U.N. Security Council resolutions, calling it a "military provocation" endangering the security situation in the region.

A North Korean ministry researcher made the comments in a statement posted on its website, referring to the surveillance operations as an "imprudent" act that will "destroy security balance in the region and result in aggravating the political situation."

Accusing Washington of "inciting" the countries' military activities in the region, the ministry claimed such moves are part of U.S. efforts to keep China and Russia in check.

Last week, the Canadian defense ministry announced the deployment of a CP-140 aircraft to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, "to support ongoing multinational efforts to counter North Korea's attempts to evade sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)."

Earlier this month, the Japanese foreign ministry said France will engage in monitoring illicit maritime activities, including "ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean-flagged vessels" prohibited by the UNSC resolutions.

"The U.S. and the Western countries should be aware that their military provocations will not only hurt the regional situation but also their own national security," the statement said.


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