Lawmaker Submits Revision to Sea Act to Stiffen Penalty on Intruders

Write : 2016-08-26 18:27:13 Update : 2016-08-26 19:23:26

Lawmaker Submits Revision to Sea Act to Stiffen Penalty on Intruders

Ruling Saenuri Party lawmaker Kim Do-eup submitted a revision to the Territorial Sea and Contiguous Zone Act to the National Assembly on Friday. 

The revised bill calls for stronger punishment when foreign warships and noncommercial foreign vessels trespass into South Korean waters.

If the bill is approved, South Korea will have the right to order foreign ships to leave Korea's territorial waters and also be able to hold the country to which the ships belong accountable for any damage inflicted.

Representative Kim noted that under the domestic Territorial Sea Act, even when Chinese or Japanese vessels violate Korean law by intruding into Korean waters, South Korea can only ask them to leave and cannot physically respond.

He said that penalty regulations must be expanded in order to strengthen Korea's jurisdiction over regional maritime order near the Korean Peninsula.

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