January 14, 2019 12:07
France will dispatch a warship and patrol aircraft to Japan to prevent North Korea from smuggling in oil by ship-to-ship transfer on the high seas.
The foreign and defense ministers of France and Japan met at a naval base in Brest, France on Friday and agreed to dispatch the frigate Vendémiaire and patrol aircraft to Sasebo Airbase in southern Japan in April.
The aim is to stop North ships smuggling in petroleum or weapons. The AFP news agency reported that another aim of the measure is to keep China from strengthening its control of Asian waters.
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