Denmark claims the North Pole
In the battle for oil and gas, Denmark is looming for control of the North Pole. Other interested countries are the US, Russia, Canada and Norway. All countries are thinking they have a right to claim the region. Yesterday, Denmark has claimed the rights of the north pole (via Greenland) in the UN.
Denmark is the latest country to lay claim to the north pole, jostling with the US, Canada, Russia and Norway for a huge chunk of the Arctic Ocean. Denmark’s bid for 895,000 sq km of the Arctic Ocean. The claim is designed to show the benefits of Greenlands union with Denmark: Greenland could never make such a claim on its own.
However, Denmark’s foreign ministry admits its claim overlaps with those made by Norway, Canada and Russia, and Kjærgaard cannot imagine a Danish flag rising over the north pole.
It is most unlikely Russia will accept it. Nobody expects it to turn out like that, but Copenhagen wants to demonstrate that they support any Greenlandic claim.
Under international law, international waters including the North Pole and the region of the Arctic Ocean surrounding it, is not owned by any country. The five surrounding Arcticcountries are limited to an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of 200 nautical miles (370 km; 230 mi) adjacent to their coasts. The waters beyond the territorial waters of the coastal states are considered the “high seas” (i.e. international waters).
The sea bottom beyond the exclusive economic zones and confirmed extended continental shelf claims are considered to be the “heritage of all mankind” and administered by the UN International Seabed Authority.