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Inevitable, but realistic move

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Dispatch plan aimed at protecting national interests

South Korea's decision to dispatch a naval unit to the Strait of Hormuz is inevitable but realistic, given its alliance with the U.S. as well as its diplomatic ties with Iran. On Tuesday, the Moon Jae-in administration announced a plan to provisionally expand the operational area of the anti-piracy Cheonghae Unit stationed in the Gulf of Aden to the strait to protect the safety of Koreans and ensure freedom of navigation for Korean ships there.

The expansion means that the country will not have to send a new naval unit to the area. It can mobilize the existing anti-piracy unit with 300 naval forces to cover the Strait of Hormuz, a transportation chokepoint, through which more than 70 percent of South Korea's oil........

© The Korea Times