U.S. Corrects “East Sea” Reference after Protest from Japan


Washington, March 25 (Jiji Press)--The U.S. military on Thursday corrected the previous day’s statement on North Korean missiles, calling the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula the Sea of Japan, instead of the East Sea mentioned in the original text.

“The United States has not changed its position on using Sea of Japan as the sole approved name for the geographic feature,” the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said in a newly issued statement.

The correction was made after the Japanese government lodged a protest against the U.S. military over its reference to the East Sea. South Korea calls the waters the East Sea.

The command’s original statement read, “We are aware of North Korean missile launches this morning into the East Sea.”

Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Manabu Sakai told a press conference on Thursday Japan time that the Sea of Japan is the sole internationally established name for the waters, urging the U.S. side to correct the statement.

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