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Washington, April 10: The Pentagon has stated that the use of shipping rights by a US Navy vessel within the scope of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) without India’s approval is in accordance with international laws. India had lodged strong opposition to the passage of the US Navy vessel John Paul Jones (JOHN) to India’s EEZ.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Friday, “I can say that the USS John Paul Jones, a Navy destroyer, has passed through its maritime operations in the maritime zone close to the Republic of Maldives for its shipping rights and freedom Used and in this way he operated in his Exclusive Economic Zone without prior permission. ” Also read: America: Biden lifts Trump administration restrictions on international court officials
“It is in accordance with international law,” Kirby said in response to a question at a press conference at the Pentagon. We will uphold our rights and responsibilities to fly, conduct maritime operations and operate according to international law. “Kirby said upholding freedom of shipping, legal use of the sea under international law, maintaining independence and rights of the United States. Is the responsibility of.