Tuesday, January 26, 2010

North Korea Issues Warning To Shipping

Missile Tests Suspected
Shipping News Feature

KOREA – The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK / North) has issued a warning to shipping to avoid a large area off the western side of the peninsula. This has traditionally been a sign of an impending missile test by the country.

Reports are currently disjointed but it seems that, according to reports from South Korea, the ‘no-go’ zone extends down south past the Northern Limit Line (NLL), which is the de facto maritime border as acknowledged by South Korea.

This has been contested on numerous occasions since the end of the Korean War in 1953, with the latest incident being a naval skirmish in November that saw a DPRK patrol boat set on fire.

The Handy Shipping Guide has requested greater clarity from the government of the DPRK but was informed by personnel at the country’s UK embassy that they were “unable to comment” and additional requests to the central government itself have not yet been answered.

Once further confirmation is received of the exact exclusion zone this shall be published.