South Korea To Expand Air Defense Zone

South Korea is announcing next week that it will extend its air defense identification zone in response to China’s declaration

16th Dec 2013


South Korea To Expand Air Defense Zone

South Korea is announcing next week that it will extend its air defense identification zone in response to China’s declaration of a new air defense zone overlapping the country’s southern islands and underwater rock. President Park Geun-hye held talks Dec. 6 with US Vice President Joe Biden here to discuss the matter.


According to the presidential office, Biden, who had received no concession from China on its new air defense zone, appreciates Seoul’s plan to expand its air defense zone, drawn in 1951 by the UN Command in the middle of the Korean War. “The two sides agreed to continue to discuss the matter,” Foreign Minister Yoon Byung-se said after the meeting.


He called on South Korea, China and Japan to “lower the temperature” to resolve the issue. “The possibility of miscalculation, a mistake, is real,” he said.


The ministers agreed to expand the zone to include the southern islands of Marado and Hongdo, as well as the Ieodo Ocean Research Station. The station is built on top of a submerged rock formation within the overlapping exclusive economic zone of South Korea and China. The new Chinese air defense zone covers Ieodo, which is effectively controlled by South Korea.
 

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