Gov't Urges Japan to Withdraw Renewed Claims over Dokdo

Write : 2018-05-15 14:14:42 Update : 2018-05-15 14:46:20

Gov't Urges Japan to Withdraw Renewed Claims over Dokdo

Anchor: The government has urged Japan to immediately withdraw its renewed claims to South Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo. On Tuesday, Tokyo's Foreign Ministry submitted a diplomatic paper to the Japanese Cabinet containing its sovereignty claim to the islets. 
Our Laurence Taylor has more. 

Report: South Korea has urged Japan to retract its latest territorial claim to the islets of Dokdo in the East Sea, warning it will only hinder efforts to develop bilateral ties. 

The Japanese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday submitted its annual Diplomatic Bluebook to the  Cabinet containing its sovereignty claim to South Korea’s easternmost Dokdo islets. 

In response, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry denounced Japan for making "unjustifiable" territorial claims. 

The ministry said the Japanese government must realize that making repeated claims over Dokdo will only impede efforts to advance the future-oriented ties between Seoul and Tokyo. 

The ministry also said Japan’s claims will not have any impact on South Korea’s sovereignty over the islets, which it said are South Korean territory historically, geographically and under international law. The ministry stressed that Seoul will sternly deal with any provocations by Tokyo on the issue. 

For the first time, the 2018 Diplomatic Bluebook also included the claim that the “Sea of Japan” is the only internationally established title for the body of water between South Korea and Japan. South Korea calls it the “East Sea.” 

The paper also dropped the expression that "South Korea is Japan’s most important neighbor" sharing strategic interests. 

The Foreign Ministry summoned Koichi Mizushima, minister at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul and conveyed Seoul’s protest against the issues.
Laurence Taylor, KBS World Radio News.

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