Korea ‘strongly’ protests Japan’s renewed claims to Dokdo

The crew of a Korea Coast Guard ship unfurls banners carrying the phrase 'Let's Overcome the Coronavirus' near the country's easternmost Dokdo Islets, in this Sept. 2, 2021 file photo provided by the Korea Coast Guard. Yonhap

Korea “strongly” protested against Japan on Tuesday after Tokyo issued an annual diplomatic report renewing its territorial claims to Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo.The claim, strongly disputed by Korea, which has long maintained effective control of Dokdo with the permanent stationing of security personnel there, was included in the 2024 Diplomatic Bluebook that was reported to the Cabinet by Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa.

In this year’s report, Japan continued to claim that Dokdo is Japanese territory historically and under international law.”The government strongly protests against the Japanese government’s repeated unfair territorial claims over Dokdo, which is clearly our own territory historically, geographically and under international law, as announced in its Diplomatic Bluebook released on April 16, and urges (Japan) to withdraw it immediately,” ministry spokesperson Lim Soo-suk said in a commentary.Lim added that such claims by Japan have no impact whatsoever on Korea’s sovereignty over the islets, which are Korea’s inherent territory.Korea has long maintained the position that Dokdo is an integral part of Korean territory historically, geographically and under international law.In the report, Japan again took issue with the Korean Supreme Court’s ruling that ordered Japanese companies to compensate Koreans forced into wartime labor during Japan’s 1910-1945 메이저 colonial rule. 

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