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Published on : Saturday, November 30, 2013
The Korean government has confirmed the expansion the nation’s airspace defense identification zone, known as KADIZ. Earlier in the day the Defense Ministry said the Korean government will do its utmost for national security. Citing government sources, Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reported Friday evening that government and military authorities are now mulling over three to four expansion plans that include the entirety of Korea’s territories, including Ieodo, which is located about 150 kilometers from the nation’s southernmost island of Marado.
“We are examining the possibility of extending the Korea Air Defense Identification Zone, so we cannot answer questions about the exact range of expansion. However, we are fully considering it in order to protect South Korea’s national interests to ensure the right of independent defense.”
Defense ministry officials say a final decision could be made as early as next month.
Meanwhile, China sent warplanes into its newly declared air defense zone in the East China Sea on Friday.
It came just days after the U.S. flew two B-52 bombers over the zone, and a matter of hours after South Korean and Japanese military aircraft flew into the disputed area.
“Even since China has created this airspace defense zone, we have continued our surveillance activities in the East China Sea, including in the zone.”
With tensions rising in the East China Sea, the U.S. and Japan conducted massive, bilateral war game exercises in waters surrounding Okinawa, Japan.
The two countries stressed they were conducting regular annual drills, but experts say it clearly targeted China’s growing presence in the area.