Fresh Japanese Claim to Dokdo Angers Korean Gov`t

President Lee Myung-bak yesterday ordered a confirmation of a report saying Japan plans to use junior high school textbooks to reinforce its sovereignty over the Dokdo islets.

The Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported Sunday that Japans Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry will revise social studies textbooks for junior high schools to say the Dokdo islets are Japanese territory.

President Lees move is unusual in that Seoul has yet to confirm the alleged move by Tokyo.

Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan summoned Japanese Ambassador to Korea Toshinori Shigeie to the Foreign Ministry in Seoul to deliver Koreas stance. The Korean government will take strong measures against any attempt to damage Koreas sovereignty over the Dokdo islets in the East Sea, Yu said.

Shigeie denied that Tokyo made such a decision.

Yu said, I ordered our ambassador to Japan Kwon Cheol-hyun to report recent developments after contacting the Japanese side and understanding the governments policy. Well take specific measures based on Kwons report.

The Korean government strongly believes that no one can object to the idea that the Dokdo islets belong to Korea from the perspective of history and international law.

He said Seoul has shown a different response to the Japanese provocation since both Korea and Japan have shown sensitive reactions to textbook-related issues that can affect the education of youths.

After considering the need for a future-oriented bilateral relationship, the Korean government concluded that it needed to express its concerns more strongly instead of showing a lukewarm stance again like in February.

DongA.Com [English DongA] | Original News @ HERE
Date : May. 19. 2008

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