N. Korean Freighters Violate Southern Territorial Waters Three North Korean Commercial Vessels Intruded into South Korean Territorial Waters Saturday While Sailing on a Sea Lane between the Korean Peninsula and Cheju Island, a Spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff Said Yesterday
The spokesman said the three ships left South Korean territorial waters as of yesterday.
Two vessels violated the South's waters while sailing from the East Sea, and one passed through from the west. After the incidents, the Navy sent P-3C maritime surveillance aircrafts and patrol boats to the area to escort them to international waters.
The JCS said that one vessel, identified as the Chongjin No.2, was on its way toward the North Korean port of Haeju after loading 10,000 tons of rice from Hokkaido, Japan, and that the other one, the Paengmagang, was sailing to the eastern port of Chongjin after loading 32,000 tons of salt from the western port of Nampo in North Korea.
The Cheju strait through which the three North Korean vessels passed is recognized as a zone through which foreign commercial vessels can generally pass without prior notification to South Korea, with the exception of military vessels.
Yet, South Korea's military prevents North Korean vessels from passing through the strait.
When North Korean vessels approach the area, the Navy is under instruction to immediately escort them to international waters. …