S Korea seeks sanctions on North for sending jamming signals

South Korea is seeking to have the international community punish North Korea for its recent attempt to block the South`s military communications by sending jamming signals across the border.

Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 14:46 PM IST

Seoul: South Korea is seeking to have the
international community punish North Korea for its recent attempt to block the South`s military communications by sending jamming signals across the border.

"We are reviewing where there is a problem in the act of
disrupting radio waves under international law," an official
was quoted as saying.

"It is to decide if the international community can
impose sanctions on North Korea."

The South said earlier it has confirmed the North was
responsible for the interruption of navigational devices using
the Global Positioning System last Friday when South Korea and
the United States were holding a joint military exercise in
northwestern areas.

The North`s actions caused only minor inconvenience.
The foreign ministry already sent a letter of inquiry to
a United Nations agency in charge of information and
communication technologies, the official said.

A charter of the International Telecommunication Union
bans a country from doing damage to electric waves of other
nations. Both South and North Korea are members of the ITU.

"Chances are high that North Korea`s (recent) disruption
of signals was in breach of the ITU charter," the official was
quoted saying.

Inter-Korean relations have plunged into the lowest level
in years after the North`s two attacks last year -- the
sinking of a South Korean warship with a torpedo attack in
March and an artillery attack on a western border island in
November.

PTI