Tokyo, August 02 (QNA) - The Japanese government has lodged a protest with Seoul over the recent activities of South Korean ships near the disputed Takeshima Islands.
"It has been confirmed that three South Korean maritime survey vessels entered the Japanese territorial waters and exclusive economic zone near the islands on July 24 and later", Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kihara Seiji said in a press statement.
"The islands are an inherent part of Japan's territory in terms of history and international law" Kihara added, adding that Tokyo had asked Seoul for an explanation of the ships' activities and lodged a protest through diplomatic channels.
He stressed that it is not acceptable for ships to conduct marine surveys in Japanese territorial waters or Japan's exclusive economic benefit area, noting that the Japanese government "will continue to properly deal with the matter on the basis of international law and related domestic laws".
These disputed islands are made up of 36 natural rocky islands, located in the easternmost point of the Korean Peninsula. In South Korea, they are called Dokdo, while Japan calls it Takeshima, and they are the subject of an ongoing dispute between the two countries.
South Korea maintains effective control of the islands with a small police force stationed there. (QNA)
02 August 2022
Japan Protests S. Korean Ships' Activities near Disputed Islands
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