The American ship USS Milius carried out a mission of rights and freedoms of navigation in the East Sea

The American ship USS Milius carried out a mission of rights and freedoms of navigation in the East Sea. (REUTERS / Issei Kato) (ISSEI KATO /)

The us navy affirmed this Monday that his destroyer ship USS Millius made a navigation rights and freedoms mission in it East Sea“in accordance with International Law”.

“At the end of the operation, the USS Milius has left the overclaim area and has continued its operations,” according to a statement from the United States 7th Fleetwhich has indicated that the maneuver took place less than twelve nautical miles (about 22 kilometers) from the Mischief Reeflocated on the islands spratly.

The US authorities indicated that, “under Customary International Lawreflected in the Convention on the law of the sea, laccidents such as Mischief Reef that are submerged at high tide in their natural state They have no right to a territorial sea.”

“When conducting commons within twelve nautical miles of Mischief Reef, The United States has shown that ships can legally exercise the freedom of the high seas in those areas.”the letter continues.

On the other hand, criticized “widespread and illegal maritime claims at sea” of that region also known as the South China Sea, considering that “pose a serious threat to the freedom of the seasincluding freedoms of navigation and overflight, free trade, and free economic opportunity for riparian nations.”

Thus, Washington remarked that “challenges excessive maritime claims around the world, regardless of the identity of the claimant”insisting on the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea: “It grants to all nations certain rights and freedoms and other legitimate uses of the sea.”

“As long as some countries continue to claim and assert limits to rights that exceed their authority under international law, The United States will continue to defend the rights and freedoms of the sea guaranteed to all. No member of the international community should be intimidated or coerced into giving up their rights and freedoms,” the US Navy said.

(With information from Europa Press)

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