S. Korean Lawmakers Land on Japan-Claimed Takeshima Isles
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Seoul, Aug. 31 (Jiji Press)--A group of South Korean lawmakers, including Sul Hoon from the ruling Democratic Party of Korea, on Saturday landed on disputed Sea of Japan islands effectively controlled by Seoul and claimed by Tokyo.
The visit, reported by South Korean television network YTN, came amid heightened tensions between the two countries over trade and other issues, and is expected to prompt a strong rebuke by the Japanese government.
The lawmakers flew to the island, known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea, on a helicopter. They have said the visit would be intended to check on facilities on the islands and encourage security forces stationed there.
During the visit, the politicians claimed that the islets, located off the western Japan prefecture of Shimane, are definitely South Korean territory and criticized the inclusion of Takeshima on the Japanese map on the official website for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. They urged the South Korean government to take action over the map and other issues.
The lawmakers also denounced Tokyo's recent removal of South Korea from its list of countries with preferential trade status, saying that Japan declared a war against South Korea using the economy as a weapon.
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