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South Korea to claim disputed islets from Japan

Seoul, May 28 (Prensa Latina) South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui Yong on Friday said that he will address Japan's renewed territorial claims over the Dokdo islets, which appear on the website of the upcoming Olympic Games.

Japan marked the site as part of its territory on a map, posted on the Olympics website showing the route of the torch relay, as its latest territorial claim over the aforementioned keys, Yonhap news agency reported on Friday.

The move has prompted growing calls for its rectification and concerns that the inclusion of the islands could undermine the Olympic spirit of peace, free from politics.

Chung told members of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the National Assembly that they will not tolerate Japan’s wrongdoing related to Dokdo, adding that the government will address the issue as forcefully as possible.

Those islets, located east of the Korean peninsula, have long been a recurring source of tension between the two neighboring countries as Tokyo continues to make territorial claims over them in its policy documents, public statements and school textbooks.

South Korea maintains effective control of those islets, since its liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945, with a small police detachment.