S. Korea Starts Military Drills around Japan-Claimed Isles

Politics

Seoul, Aug. 25 (Jiji Press)--South Korea's Navy on Sunday started military drills around Sea of Japan islands claimed by Japan, further bad news for Tokyo, whose relations with Seoul are slumping.

The drills, reportedly larger in scale than usual, are designed to practice operations to protect the South Korean-administered islands, called Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea.

The Japanese government made protests and requested South Korea to stop the drills, slated to continue until Monday.

Relations between the two Asian neighbors are expected to worsen further after slumping over tit-for-tat bilateral trade restrictive measures and Seoul's decision to scrap its military intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo.

The drills involve the ground, air and naval forces and maritime police. An Aegis-equipped warship is set to participate for the first time.

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