South Korea and the safety of navigation: uncertainty derived from undefined fences

Seokwoo Lee


The sea plays an important role for South Korea’s economy and security, and thus, making good order at sea is a vital priority for the country. Of particular economic concern are issues such as piracy and armed robbery against ships and depletion of fish stocks. South Korea has joined various bilateral, regional and international cooperation agreements to address these issues. Moreover, South Korea has territorial disputes with Japan over the Dodo/Takeshima Islet and with China over the Ieodo/Suyan Rock, which has so far led to little progress in maritime boundary delimitation negotiations between South Korea and these two countries. ...

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