23rd June 02:54 AM
We will work to ban North Korean fishing vessels from our waters - Pacific Islands Forum countries
By Semi Turaga
Monday 11/09/2017
North Korean fishing vessels are docked on the banks of the Yalu River in the North Korean border town of Sinuiju on April 6, 2009 across the river from Dandong, in northeast China's Liaoning province. Photo: AFP

Pacific Islands Forum countries say they'll work to ban North Korean fishing vessels from their waters.

North Korea has tested nuclear warheads and threatened the United States Pacific territory of Guam in recent weeks, which the forum countries have condemned.

Speaking for the Forum leaders, Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, said the region would work to force North Korean boats out of their waters.

He said some North Korean vessels were fishing in the region using the flags of forum states, through the so‑called flags of convenience system.

He said also New Zealand and Australia will assist other member states with intelligence gathering to identify illegal flagging of vessels by North Korea.

Source: RadioNZ

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