TOKYO, Japan (CNN) -- Japan will protest North Korea's missile test launches to the U.N. Security Council, Japan's chief Cabinet secretary said, and the United States called the tests "provocative." July 5, 2006CNN
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan demanded on Wednesday that South Korea halt a survey of disputed waters between the two nations that started earlier in the day, but Seoul said it had a right to exercise its sovereignty over the area.
A South Korean survey ship escorted by a patrol boat entered what Japan considers to be its exclusive economic zone near islands at the centre of a territorial dispute between the two countries at about 6:40 a.m. (2140 GMT), Japan's coast guard said.
But Seoul hit back at Tokyo over its protests on Wednesday.
"Also we would like to remind Japan that it has to secure South Korea's consent before conducting any marine survey inside South Korea's exclusive economic zone," the statement continued.Wed Jul 5, 2006