The Foreign Ministry Wednesday (Aug. 29) said it has set up a new office to handle territorial disputes, including one involving Japan’s claim to a set of Korean islands in the East Sea.
“The new division was established within the Treaties Bureau in line with the government’s efforts to strengthen its capability to counter (Japan’s) territorial claim to the Dokdo islets as well as in other maritime issues”, a ministry spokesman said.
Korea and Japan have held eight rounds of talks since 1996 to draw up boundaries for their conjoined exclusive economic zones (EEZs) in the East Sea. The latest round of EEZ talks were held in Seoul in June.
The talks have made little progress as Japan claimed the Korean islets as its own, which significantly extends its EEZ to the west of Dokdo.
Date: August 29, 2007