Tuesday, April 11, 2023

S.Korea Strongly Protests Japans Renewed Claim To Disputed Dokdo Islands

South Korea Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lim Soo-suk said on Tuesday that Seoul "strongly protests" Tokyo's renewed territorial claim to disputed Dokdo Islands, also known as Takeshima Islands in Japan, in its latest Diplomatic Bluebook.

Tokyo's claim to the islands was included in the 2023 Diplomatic Bluebook  Japan's annual report on foreign policy and activities which was released earlier on Tuesday.

Seoul "strongly protests Japan's repeated unjust claims of sovereignty over Dokdo, which is of our sovereign territory historically, geographically and under international law," Lim said, as quoted by South Korean news agency Yonhap.

The spokesperson added that Tokyo should "clearly recognize" that such repeated claims do not contribute to the development of ties between the countries.

The foreign ministry also called on Naoki Kumagai, the deputy chief of mission at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, to deliver a formal protest message, the report said.

The Liancourt Rocks  called Dokdo Islands by Seoul and Takeshima Islands by Tokyo  lie almost equidistant from Japan and South Korea, with the latter maintaining a small police force there. For decades, the islands have been a bone of contention, with both sides claiming they have long-standing historical ties to the archipelago, which is believed to be rich in natural resources.

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