Basic Agreement Korea

Second, the agreement in no way limits the defence measures that the South must take to counter aggressive military action by the North. Thirdly, the NLL must be recognized as a de facto maritime border between the two West Sea Koreas, otherwise there will remain the possibility of a serious maritime conflict, as seen during the two maritime battles and North Korean artillery fire from Yeonpyong Island in November 2010, as well as the deliberate dumping of Cheonan, in South Korea, in March 2010. The opinion among military officers on duty is perhaps surprising that, from the point of view of local commanders faced with the possibility of local skirmishes or armed clashes near the NLL or MDL, little will change their daily situation. . . .

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