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US recognizes Japan's sovereignty over islands


08-14-2014 12:49 BJT

The US has recognized Japan's sovereignty over islands which Japan terms as the northern territories while Russia claims them as the southern Kuril islands. 

US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf reiterated US' position on the territorial dispute between Tokyo and Moscow at a briefing on Wednesday in connection with Russian military drills in the disputed territory beginning earlier this week. But she did not comment directly on Russia’s latest military exercises on Kunashiri and Etorofu islands. 

Moscow launched drills Tuesday on the long-contested islands, mobilizing more than 1,000 troops, five helicopters and over 100 vehicles.

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