South Korean top politicians have stepped up their statements on the matter of Dokdo islets, disputed with Japan, which calls the territory Takeshima. A senior political figure on Sunday said that passive diplomacy is not enough and that Japan should teach future generations “correct history.”
The leader of the ruling Grand National Party, Hong Joon-pyo, said Sunday that South Korea should let aside passive diplomacy and dispatch a platoon of marines to Dokdo in order to ensure the security. Currently, the islets are only watched over by the coast guard.
The politician mentioned a map made by a Japanese geographer in the 18th century, which was clarifying the status of Dokdo as Korean territory. He added that now it is time for Korea to strongly reinforce its sovereignty and defend its territory to the international community.
Additionally, South Korean president Lee Myung-bak said Monday, during his speech on Liberation Day, which marks the end of Japan’s domination of the Korean peninsula between 1910-45, that Japan has a responsibility to teach its future generations a correct history.
Diplomatic tensions between the two countries have risen recently, after three Japanese MPs were denied access into South Korea. The three were on an apparent mission to claim ownership of islands in waters between the two countries.
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