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South Korea Acts Against Japan Over Disputed Island


South Korea Acts Against Japan Over Disputed Island

A longstanding territorial dispute between South Korea and Japan has once again come to the forefront, with South Korea’s foreign ministry summoning a Japanese diplomat on Tuesday to protest a claim made in Japan’s annual diplomatic policy Bluebook regarding a group of islands between the two countries.

The islands in question, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan, have been a source of tension between the two countries for decades. South Korea has maintained control over the islands since 1954, but Japan has disputed this claim and continues to assert its sovereignty over the islands.


The latest development in this ongoing dispute came with the release of Japan’s Diplomatic Bluebook on Tuesday, which included a claim that the islands are “inherently” part of Japanese territory. This claim was met with strong opposition from South Korea’s foreign ministry, which said in a statement that it “strongly protests” the claim and maintains that the islands are historically and geographically part of its sovereign territory.


In response to the claim made in the Diplomatic Bluebook, South Korea’s foreign ministry summoned a Japanese diplomat on Tuesday to convey its objections. The ministry also issued a statement saying that it would “continue to take necessary measures” to protect its sovereignty over the islands


This latest incident is just one of many in a long history of tension and conflict between South Korea and Japan over the disputed islands. The territorial dispute dates back to the early 20th century when Japan annexed Korea and took control of the islands following Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II, the islands were placed under U.S. military control, and then later returned to Japan in 1952.


However, South Korea has maintained that it was not properly consulted in the return of the islands to Japan, and has continued to claim sovereignty over them. The dispute has led to numerous diplomatic incidents and protests over the years, as well as occasional military standoffs between the two countries.



Despite the ongoing dispute, there have been some efforts in recent years to improve relations between South Korea and Japan. In 2015, the two countries reached a landmark agreement aimed at resolving the issue of “comfort women” – Korean women who were forced into sexual slavery by Japanese soldiers during World War II.


Authors note: The agreement was seen as a significant step forward in improving relations between the two countries but has since been criticised by some in South Korea who feel that it did not go far enough in addressing the issue.


The dispute over the Dokdo/Takeshima islands, however, remains a major obstacle to improved relations between the two countries. Both sides have dug in on their respective claims to the islands, and it remains to be seen whether any progress can be made towards a resolution.


In Conclusion: South Korea Acts Against Japan Over Disputed Island

This latest incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing tensions between South Korea and Japan, and the deep-rooted historical and territorial disputes that continue to divide the two countries. As both sides continue to assert their claims to the disputed islands, it seems unlikely that a resolution will be reached anytime soon.


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