Operation Argos

Enforcing sanctions supports the international community’s goal of the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea.

United Nations Security Council sanctions limit North Korea’s imports of refined petroleum and crude oil, and its exports of coal, all of which are facilitated by such transfers.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) contributes via Operation Argos by monitoring and deterring illegal ship-to-ship transfers of sanctioned goods.

ADF assets that are periodically dedicated to Operation Argos for tasking include Royal Australian Naval ships and Royal Australian Air Force maritime patrol aircraft.