South Korea is considering plans to deploy new frigates near Dokdo, south-east of Ulleungdo, Korea, to strengthen its sovereign control of the easternmost islets after Japan renewed its territorial claim, a government source has said.

“In the wake of Japan’s renewed claim to Dokdo … and as security threats in the East Sea take shape, there is a need to deploy the new frigates to Ulleung Island,” the source added.

The source also added that the country was “reviewing a plan to deploy the FFX frigates to Ulleung Island when the planned expansion of the port is completed,” the source said.

The first batch of 2,300t-2,500t frigates, under a naval FFX project, is scheduled to arrive next year and the friagets will be based in the revamped port on Ulleung Island near Dokdo.

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