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Australia assigns warship to enforce North Korean sanctions

AP  |  Canberra 

has assigned a guided missile frigate to the Sea to boast international efforts to enforce sanctions against North Korea, an Australian said on Friday.

of Joint Operations, Air Marshall said the warship with a crew of 230 will be supported by two Australian AP-3C surveillance aircraft based in

"Despite the easing of tensions on the Korea Peninsula, continues with its nuclear weapons and ballistic weapons programs in defiance of ... Security Council resolutions," Hupfeld told reporters.

"The occasional deployment of ... maritime patrol aircraft and surface vessels to the region ... adds weight to Australia's ongoing economic and diplomatic pressure on and enhances the capacity of ongoing multinational enforcement efforts," he added.

The Australians would work in cooperation with the Japanese, United States, Canadians and the South Koreas to enforce sanctions, Hupfeld said.

He likened detecting illegal ship-to-ship transfers of goods from among the many legitimate transactions in the Sea to finding a needle in a haystack.

Hupfeld would not say whether the frigate HMAS Melbourne's role would be intercepting suspect cargo ships.

"I won't go into a great deal of depth on those aspects, that's very much an operational matter," Hupfeld said.

"An airplane flying over the top can't stop anything from occurring," he added.

The Sydney-based warship was currently in taking part in a fleet review, he said.

Trump has encouraged US allies to maintain sanctions on until it denuclearises as part of what his administration has termed a campaign of "maximum pressure" against leader

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 10:50 IST