Jan. 12 (UPI) — Tensions are operating excessive between South Korea and Japan as the 2 international locations enter a brand new dispute over maritime actions in overlapping coastal waters.
Kyodo Information reported Tuesday a South Korean coast guard ship known as on a Japanese survey vessel to cease its analysis actions in South Korea’s claimed unique financial zone.
The communication befell on Monday at about 3:25 a.m., in response to the report.
The confrontation occurred southwest of Goto Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture. The world is 86 miles from Japanese territory, and 78 miles from Jeju Island in South Korea, Korean paper Segye Ilbo reported Tuesday.
Japan defended the survey and claims the ship was in Japan’s EEZ, which overlaps with South Korean claims.
Japanese Chief Cupboard Secretary Katsunobu Kato mentioned Tuesday the South Korean request is “unacceptable,” and that the survey was happening in Japan’s EEZ.
By diplomatic channels, Tokyo protested the South Korean authorities. Seoul mentioned it has a proper to ask for an finish to Japanese exercise. South Korea additionally mentioned the ship wanted Seoul’s consent.
South Korean overseas ministry spokesman Choi Younger-sam mentioned Tuesday Seoul’s Coast Guard was “finishing up respectable regulation enforcement actions, in accordance with worldwide regulation,” South Korean information service Newsis reported.
Japan’s Coast Guard mentioned the incident marks the second time South Korea has requested Japan to droop maritime surveys since August. The Japanese authorities has additionally mentioned it should proceed surveys till the tip of February, regardless of South Korean opposition, in response to Japanese community NHK.
Tokyo and Seoul are additionally in a dispute over a court docket ruling in South Korea that got here Friday, ordering Japan to compensate 12 South Koreans who had been compelled to work as “consolation girls” in wartime Japanese brothels. Plaintiffs say the ladies had been coerced, raped and crushed by Japanese troopers.