|S Korea and Japan Face New Territorial Dispute|
|by Tom McGregor||Wed, Jul 4, 2012, 08:14 PM|
Japan continues to face an onslaught of territorial disputes. Apparently, the South Korean government intends to file a territorial claim under the jurisdiction of the United Nations to lay claim to “scientific and technical rights” of a disputed territory with Japan.
The ChosunIlbo reports that, “Korea to claim Oceanic Continental Shelf. The government wants to ask the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf to recognize Korea’s scientific and technical rights over a massive continental shelf south of Jeju Island.”
Seoul would submit an official letter to the commission later this month. It seeks to claim sovereignty over the 19,00 sq. km. Continental shelf, which stretches for 200 nautical miles to Okinawa.
A high-ranking diplomatic source in Seoul said Wednesday that, “the Korean government’s position is that the continental shelf is a natural extension of the peninsula. Korea will soon submit geological, scientific and legal data proving this to the CLCS.”
According to the ChosunIlbo, “the maritime area covered by the shelf is under joint development by Korea and Japan under a 1974 agreement and is equivalent to 20 percent of Korea’s land mass. The government began researching the area in 1999 and in 2009 submitted preliminary data to the CLCS.”
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is a native of South Korea.
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