S. Korea denounces Japan's territorial claim for disputed islets

Source:Xinhua Published: 2018/2/22 16:26:23

South Korea's foreign ministry on Thursday denounced Japan for its renewed territorial claim for Dokdo islets, called Takeshima in Japan, lying halfway between the two countries.

The ministry said in a statement that the South Korean government strongly protested against the Japanese cabinet's dispatch of a senior-level official to an event hosted by a local Japanese government, which claimed its sovereignty over the Dokdo islets.

The statement said it meant the repetition of an unfair territorial claim by the Japanese government to the Dokdo islets, urging Tokyo to stop holding the provocative event.

The Japanese government sent a vice minister-level official to the Takeshima Day event, hosted by Japan's Shimane Prefecture earlier in the day.

The prefecture designated Feb. 22 as the so-called Takeshima Day in 2005, having held an event since then to claim its administrative sovereignty over the rocky outcroppings.

The Japanese cabinet, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has dispatched a high-ranking official to the event for the sixth consecutive year.

South Korea regained its sovereignty over the Dokdo islets from Japan since its liberation from the 1910-1945 Japanese colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.

South Korean people see Japan's claim for the Dokdo islets as its denial of the atrocities committed by Japan during the colonization.

The South Korean foreign ministry urged Japan to immediately stop claiming its sovereignty over Dokdo, which it said is South Korea's indigenous territory historically, geographically and according to international laws.

The ministry noted that Japan should squarely and humbly face history as a responsible country.


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