South Korea Seeks International Action Against North Korea’s GPS Jamming Attacks

South Korea has raised concerns with three international agencies regarding North Korea’s repeated GPS jamming incidents, calling for appropriate measures against these illegal acts, the foreign ministry announced Tuesday.

South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lim Soo-suk. Source: Yonhap

On Monday, South Korea addressed the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) regarding North Korea’s GPS jamming attacks, which have continued for five consecutive days near South Korea’s northwestern border islands. These actions were accompanied by the release of thousands of balloons carrying trash over the border into South Korea.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lim Soo-suk emphasized the government’s proactive stance: “We are taking necessary measures, including raising the issue with the ITU, ICAO, and IMO.” He noted that South Korea has previously urged these international bodies to act in similar situations.

The GPS jamming by North Korea violates the ITU charter, which prohibits interference with communications from other UN member states, as well as ICAO and IMO conventions on the safety of aviation and maritime navigation. North Korea is a member of all three organizations.