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South Korea launches operation against illegal Chinese fishing boats

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SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea and U.S. forces on June 10 started a joint operation to repel Chinese fishing boats from harvesting blue crabs near the North Korean border.> Big News Network

According to reports, four naval and marine boats were deployed at South Korea’s Ganghwa island to chase around ten Chinese boats. This comes after two Chinese boats were taken in by the coast guard and local fishermen earlier this week.

An official from Seoul's Defence Ministry said that the operation had been approved by the United Nations Command which is responsible for the zone.

According to reports, Gen. Vincent Brooks, the U.S. commander of the United Nations Command, authorised the operation to put in restrictions on fishing at the Han River Estuary. Reports have said that the intrusion violates the 1953 armistice which ended the three-year Korean war.

The maritime boundary that was established by the U.S.-led command is not recognised by North Korea.

Gen. Vincent Brooks, in a statement, said, “United Nations Command takes its responsibility to maintain the armistice very seriously. We had a responsibility to act and we are doing that.”

U.S. officials said that the operation to be executed by Korean forces and the UN Command was delayed due to fog.

According to reports, Seoul has urged Beijing to take sterner measures to keep Chinese boats from entering South Korean waters for fishing.

The countries had entered into an agreement to amp up joint forces to counter illegal fishing in South Korean water but South Korea says that the problem is only increasing.

According to reports, the number of cases of fishing boats illegally entering South Korean water has increased from two to three cases a year to 120 in 2015 and 520 till May. South Korean fishermen fear that their livelihood will be endangered due to the depleting amount of resources.

According to Stripes news agency, Park Tia Won, the head of a fishing union on the Yellow Sea island of Yeonpyeong said, “Hundreds of them come and go for fishing almost every day. Many even dare to bring their boats alongside our piers.”

Photo: UN Command

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