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S. Korea in "Dokdo Day" drill

10-25-2013 23:17 BJT

The South Korean Navy and Coast Guard have conducted drills on Friday to mark "Dokdo Day". Declared in 2010, October 25th has been named so to draw attention to the disputed islands claimed by both South Korea and Japan.

The drills were conducted in waters near the islands. This is the first time that South Korea has launched an open military drill on the "Dokdo Day".

Dokdo is the name in Korean for the disputed islands, also known as "Takeshima" in Japan. The islands are currently under the control of the Seoul government, but Japan has laid claim to the islets.

Five navy ships including 3,200-ton destroyers, a navy patrol ship as well as combat jets were mobilised for the drill. The Navy’s Underwater Demolition Team also carried out landing operations with a UH-60 helicopter.

In Tokyo, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the landing drill violated Japanese sovereignty and was "totally unacceptable." He repeated the government’s claims that the islands are a part of Japan’s territory, historically and under international law.

According to Suga, Japan’s Foreign Ministry has lodged a protest both in Tokyo and Seoul.


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