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S. Korea holds national security meeting over China's air zone


SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government held a national security policy meeting on Sunday to discuss the latest developments regarding the overlapping air identification zone with China.

The meeting chaired by the head of the national security office, Kim Jang-soo, deliberated on China's redrawing of its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) and possible plans to redraw Seoul's own airspace area over the East China Sea.

At present, a small part of the Korean air defense identification zone (KADIZ), overlaps that drawn by China. Seoul, however, has come under criticism after it has been revealed that KADIZ did not extend over the Ieodo Ocean Research Station about 160 kilometers south of Jeju Island.

Senior presidential press secretary Lee Jung-hyun said in a briefing that related ministers attended the meeting, where participants touched on the airspace issue and the dispatching of troops to the Philippines.

The government and the ruling party said they plan to finalize the talks on expanding KADIZ by Tuesday.

Seoul has already asked Beijing to redraw the line on Thursday but was turned down by the Chinese side, which said ADIZ was not targeted at Seoul but Tokyo.

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