Lawmakers Mark Liberation Day with Dokdo Trip

  • By Sun Jung-min

    August 16, 2016 09:36

    Ten lawmakers led by the Saenuri Party's Na Kyung-won made a trip to Dokdo on Monday to assert Korea's sovereignty over the islets on Liberation Day.

    They arrived by helicopter and delivered chicken and pizza to a contingent of soldiers stationed there.

    They then joined patriotic activists who had traversed the whole of Korea from the westernmost island of Gyeokryeolbiyeol by boat and bicycle. Together, they waved the national flag and gave three cheers. 

    Lawmakers pose on Dokdo to mark Liberation Day on Monday.

    The trip drew the ire of the Japanese government, which has been ramping up a flimsy colonial claim to the islets. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters the move was "unacceptable and very regrettable."

    The Japanese Foreign Ministry called in Lee Hee-sup, the political counselor at the Korean Embassy in Tokyo, to protest. 

    Lee told ministry officials he could not understand the protest since Dokdo is Korean territory.

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