South Korea announced on Sunday it is expanding its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) to cover the air space above three islands on the southwest side of the Korea peninsula, Yonhap news agency reported, citing a statement from the country’s national defense ministry. The expanded ADIZ, which takes effect on Dec. 15, is recognized by the international community and does not overlap with similar zones of other countries, an official with the ministry was quoted as saying. The South China Morning Post, however, said the new zone would partially overlap a similar zone declared by China two weeks ago. South Korea has explained its move to expand the zone to China, Japan and the United States several times, Yonhap said.
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