S.Korea protests against Japan’s territorial claims to disputed islets

SEOUL, July 22– South Korea on Friday protested against Japan’s renewed territorial claims to the disputed islets lying halfway between the two countries, called Dokdo by South Korea and Takeshima by Japan. “The Japanese government should be clearly aware that repeatedly making unjust claims over Dokdo is no way conducive to the efforts to establish a…

SEOUL, July 22 (Xinhua) — South Korea on Friday protested against Japan’s renewed territorial claims to the disputed islets lying halfway between the two countries, called Dokdo by South Korea and Takeshima by Japan.

The South Korean foreign ministry said in a statement that the government strongly protests against the Japanese government’s repeated inclusion of unjust sovereignty claims over Dokdo through Japan’s 2022 defense white paper released earlier in the day.

The ministry noted that Dokdo is clearly an integral part of the South Korean territory in terms of history, geography and international law, urging the Japanese government to immediately withdraw such claims.

“The Japanese government should be clearly aware that repeatedly making unjust claims over Dokdo is no way conducive to the efforts to establish a future-oriented relationship between South Korea and Japan,” the statement said.

The South Korean ministry said the government makes it clear once again that the Japanese government’s unjust claims do not and will not have any impact on the South Korean sovereignty over Dokdo, adding that it will respond firmly to any provocation over Dokdo.

Since 2005, Japan has laid territorial claims to the rocky outcroppings every year in its diplomatic blue and defense white papers.

South Korea restored its sovereignty over Dokdo after the Korean Peninsula’s liberation from the 1910-45 Japanese colonization. Seoul has since been in effective control of the islets, with a small police detachment deployed.

South Koreans see Japan’s territorial claims to the islets as the denial of the colonial history as Dokdo was the very first territory that was forcibly occupied by the Imperial Japan. Enditem

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