S. Korean Ship Sails in Japanese Waters near Takeshima


Tokyo, Feb. 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday that a South Korean marine research vessel twice sailed in Japanese territorial waters near the Takeshima islands, controlled by Seoul and claimed by Tokyo.

According to Suga, the vessel sailed in Japanese waters near the islands in Shimane Prefecture, western Japan, which are known as Dokdo in South Korea, on Friday and again between Sunday and Monday.

"We have urged the South Korean side, through diplomatic channels, to give an explanation," Suga told a press conference. "We have also lodged a strong protest, as we do not accept any research activities conducted without our consent, if they were indeed carrying out research."

Meanwhile, Mitsuhiro Miyakoshi, minister for territorial issues, said at a press conference that research activities conducted without Japan's approval are "unacceptable" and "extremely regrettable," as the islands "clearly" are Japan's inherent territory according to historical facts and under international law.

In response to such moves, an official from the South Korean Foreign Ministry said in Seoul that the South Korean side dismissed Japan's protest.

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