North Korea's 'No-Sail Zone' Raises Missile Concerns
North Korea has declared a "no-sail zone" off its eastern coast and raised concerns that it will carry out a missile test.
Officials said this week that the no-sail zone is near the eastern coastal city of Wonsan. It is effective from November 11 to December 7. Reports say the order started in North Korea's internal communications channels.
The U.N.'s International Maritime Organization told VOA it has not received any notification from North Korea about a no-sail declaration.
The move comes as South Korean media reported that the U.N. Secretary General planned to visit the North.
However, a U.N. spokesperson said Wednesday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon would not travel to the communist country.
A spokesperson for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters Monday the military will increase readiness if necessary. The spokesperson said the military is closely watching activities related to a possible launch.
Experts in Seoul say North Korea could launch a mid-range missile or a new kind of ballistic missile.
Shin In-Kyun is a defense expert who says, "The no sail zone is quite expansive and I believe that is because Pyongyang intends to fire a Rodong missile." North Korea's mid-range missile is able to travel 1,300 kilometers.
Some Korean media speculated that North Korea might fire a ballistic missile from a submarine. In May, North Korea claimed it had successfully fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile.
But a South Korean official who asked to remain unnamed told VOA that North Korea declared no-sail zones several times in the past few months. It did not, however, follow with a missile launch.
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