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Japan, S. Korea row escalates over islets

08-25-2012 01:16 BJT

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Japan’s lower house has adopted a resolution to protest against South Korea’s recent activities on islands claimed by both countries. South Korea retorted by sticking to its claim over the disputed islands, pushing bilaterial ties to a new low.

Japan on Friday called on South Korea to end its "illegal occupation" of tiny islets. That is the strongest language so far in the dispute. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said his responsibility to protect Japan’s sovereignty will be accomplished with a "firm position" and "unbending determination".

Yoshihiko Noda, Japanese Prime Minister said, "As Prime Minister in charge of our nation’s administration, I take this great responsibility with a firm position. I deal with it with level and calm, and approach it with unbending determination." "I’m sure the Korean side has their own argument, but there can be no constructive discussion between two countries with different views, if a country resorts to unilaterally appealing its own version of what is right. The better road would be to talk this out in an international court, based on international law and justice, and settle it there."

South Korea’s foreign ministry rejected Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s call for South Korea to end what japan calls "illegal occupation" of tiny islets in the Sea of Japan. Spokesman Cho Tai-young said Japan’s assertion over the islets, named Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese, was unacceptable.

Cho Tai-Young, Spokesman, South Korean Foreign Ministry said, "We strongly protest against Japanese Prime Minister Noda’s wrong and repeated assertion about territorial rights on historically, geographically, and by international law, our own territory Dokdo. We urge them to withdraw their assertion immediately." "Japan must try to develop a future-oriented relationship between Korea and Japan through cooperation with us, based on correct historical awareness, not insisting wrong assertions on territorial rights."

The dispute escalated after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak made an unexpected visit to the disputed island earlier this month. Japanese lawmakers then passed a resolution condemning the visit and calling it an "illegal landing". Japan wants to take the island dispute to the International Court of Justice for judgment, though going to the international court requires consent from both parties.

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