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Japanese lawmakers denied entry to S. Korea

08-01-2011 16:10 BJT

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Three Japanese lawmakers have been refused entry at a South Korean airport. The men had been trying to visit an island at the center of a long running and increasingly bitter territorial dispute.

The three lawmakers from Japan's opposition Liberal Democratic Party had intended to visit Ulleungdo Island, off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula. The island holds a South Korean administrative and military base that monitors the disputed islands claimed by both Japan and South Korea.

Meanwhile, South Koreans have staged a protest at Seoul's Gimpo Airport.The country's immigration officials are working on a repatriation process. But the Japanese lawmakers claim their visit is for peaceful purposes and intend to go ahead.

He said, "According to immigration laws, the three Japanese lawmakers are already prohibited from entering South Korea. Currently, our immigration office is checking on the prohibition measures and the repatriation process is taking place."

Three Japanese lawmakers have been refused entry at a South Korean airport. The men
had been trying to visit an island at the center of a long running and increasingly
bitter territorial dispute.

Japanese lawmaker Yoshitaka Shindo said, "Just because South Korea has announced they will refuse our entry, it doesn't mean we cannot go. If we don't go, that would mean we have given in to their intimidation or threats. Our visit has a peaceful objective and we will make this visit as planned."

Three Japanese lawmakers to visit disputed island

Japanese lawmaker from the opposition Liberal Democratic Party Yoshitaka Shindo speaks to reporters before flying to South Korea's Gimpo airport from Haneda airport in Tokyo August 1, 2011. Three Japanese lawmakers departed for South Korea on Monday to visit Ulleung Island, located about 87 km (54 miles) from the disputed islands known as Dokdo in South Korea, or Takeshima in Japan. Japan and South Korea have a long-simmering feud over the islands, which are about equidistant from both countries. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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