Only inter-Korean cooperation can solve illegal Chinese fishing | NK News
June 23, 2024

Only inter-Korean cooperation can solve illegal Chinese fishing

Unilateral ventures around NLL risk not just those fishermen, but catastrophic escalation

On December 13, 2007, a South Korean officer dressed in a naval uniform stood in the way of North Korea’s presentation during the 7th South-North Military General Officer Talks at the House of Peace in Panmunjeom. He hastily moved to stop North Korea from showing something that wasn’t part of the agenda for the meeting, leading to a brief brawl with a North Korean lieutenant.

The officer attempted to interrupt the presentation because the North Korea team was showing their version of the map of the Yellow Sea’s joint fishing area and peace zone. It was no doubt against the custom of the talks to share any information without prior agreement, the officer in the Naval uniform – me – will not forget what happened that day. I certainly don’t regret it.

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