South Korea presses claims to Dokdo islets

SEOUL, July 20 (UPI) — South Korea is moving to set up permanent habitations on the remote Dokdo Islets to bolster its territorial claims there, officials said Sunday.

Government policymakers said they have agreed to send a research team to the islets, located 134 miles from the port of Jukbyeon in the Sea of Japan, to look for undersea minerals, build a tourist hotel there and develop tour packages, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Sunday.

The Dokdo Islets are disputed between South Korea and Japan. Yonhap said as part of the move, South Korean officials have decided to drop the use of the term “actual control” when referring to its ownership of Dokdo. The government also said it will take on any challenges to its sovereignty over the islets.

[UPI.com] | Original News @ HERE
Date : 2008/07/20

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