Tokyos bid to upgrade the status of a Pacific atoll into an island, and claim an exclusive economic zone around it, was dismissed by the United Nations.China welcomed the decision as “fair and reasonable”.”
Japans claim of an outer continental shelf based on Okinotori Atoll was not acknowledged by the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, said on Wednesday, quoting information released by the UN agency.
The UN dismissal prevents Japan claiming the Okinotori Atoll as an island. An “island” designation allows a state to proclaim a 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone around it and sole rights to resources within the zone.
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