HMAS Parramatta joins international effort to enforce sanctions on North Korea

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Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

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24 October 2019

Australia is deploying a Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Parramatta in support of the international effort to enforce United Nations Security Council sanctions imposed against North Korea.

HMAS Parramatta will deploy in support of sanctions enforcement as a component of a broader East Asian deployment. Parramatta is the third Australian vessel to deploy to the region as part of our enduring commitment to regional security and stability on the Korean Peninsula. 

HMAS Parramatta will work alongside our international partners to monitor and deter ship-to-ship transfers of sanctioned goods.

This deployment reflects Australia’s ongoing commitment to maintain pressure on North Korea to take concrete, verifiable and irreversible steps towards denuclearisation.

The deployment follows that of a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft to Japan in May and September this year, to undertake maritime surveillance.

Since 2018, Australia has contributed to international efforts to deter and disrupt illicit trade and sanction-evasion activities by North Korea and its associated networks. 

HMAS Parramatta is currently on an East Asia Deployment with HMAS Stuart and HMAS Hobart.

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