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INDOPACOM corrects “East Sea” reference on North Korea’s missile launch

  • March 26, 2021
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NHK reported online this morning that the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command released a statement on Friday correcting its March 24 statement saying North Korea test-fired two ballistic missiles into “the East Sea,” the English name for the body of water between Japan and the Korean Peninsula promoted by the ROK. The network said Tokyo asked Washington to make a correction by saying that the Sea of Japan is “the single internationally-established name.” The statement by INDOPACOM today said: “Last night’s statement should have referred to the Sea of Japan or waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula. The United States has not changed its position on using Sea of Japan as the sole approved name for the geographic feature.”

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