July 20, 2009 10:34
Korea has strongly protested Japan's move to include the country's easternmost islets of Dokdo as Japanese territory in its annual defense white paper.
In a cabinet meeting on Friday Tokyo approved a 2009 defense white paper that claimed Korea's Dokdo islets as Japanese territory under the name "Takeshima."
Seoul's foreign ministry responded strongly, emphasizing the islets are Korean territory according to history, geography and international law, and demanded an immediate rectification. Seoul also accused Tokyo of raising tensions less than a month after the two countries' leaders held a summit.
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