Japan Insists on Dokdo Claim in Diplomatic Report

  • By Cho Yi-jun, Kim Soo-hye

    May 16, 2018 13:01

    Japan once again insists on a flimsy territorial claim to Korea's Dokdo islets in a new diplomatic Blue Book published Tuesday.

    Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono briefed the Cabinet on the new annual foreign policy report.

    The Blue Book claims that Dokdo belongs to Japan and Korea occupies it illegally.

    On the issue of naming the waters between Korea and Japan, which Korea calls the East Sea, the report argues, "The only internationally established name is the Sea of Japan, and Korea's opposition is baseless."

    A phrase that described South Korea as "the most important country that shares strategic benefits with Japan" has been deleted.

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