South Korea and the United Nations Command (UNC) sent in troops Friday to crack down on illegal Chinese fishing boats in neutral waters around the mouth of the Han River between the two Koreas.
The military operation is first of its kind to have taken place in the estuary region, where the Han River meets the Yellow Sea, after its designation as a no man’s land in the armistice agreement following the 1950-53 Korean War.
Seoul recently formed a 24-strong military police team with four speed boats to combat an increasing number of Chinese vessels illegally coming to and fishing in the neutral waters, a military buffer zone, said an official at the defense ministry.
“The troops carried out their first crackdown operation in the estuary area earlier in the day,” a military official told reporters.
He said the operation marks the first time South Korea and the United States-led UNC stationed in the country have taken joint action to drive out foreign vessels in the military buffer zone. Read More