Monday, August 11, 2008


[The Chosun Ilbo, June 25 2008] 60 Years of the Republic: The Syngman Rhee Line

The Oct. 2, 1953 edition of the Chosun Ilbo quoted Chief Justice Kim Byung-ro as saying, “The Peace Line is under international law, and violation of the Peace Line by Japanese fishing boats will cause disputes between the two countries.” The Korean Presidential Proclamation of Sovereignty over the Adjacent Sea, known as either the "Peace Line" or "Syngman Rhee Line," which was declared during the Korean War on Jan. 18, 1952, clearly shows how determined then-president Rhee was to keep Korea’s territory against Japan. Rhee drew the line 60 miles from the seashore, and declared that Korea will preserve the mineral and sea resources within it.

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