November 28, 2013 09:17
A Korean patrol plane flew over the submerged shelf of Ieo on Tuesday without notifying China, three days after Beijing unilaterally announced an air defense identification zone that includes it.
Such zones are areas outside territorial waters where overflying aircraft must notify the country that claims them.
A military source said the Navy's P-3C maritime patrol plane "conducted surveillance over Ieo," which is home to a Korean research base.
The Navy flows a P-3C over Ieo twice a week.
The source added that the flights will continue without notifying China. However, the military informed Japan ahead of time about the surveillance flights since Ieo has been part of Japan's air defense zone since 1969.
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