Skip to comments.3RD LD: Seoul demands Tokyo cancel survey near disputed islets (ominous prelude)
Posted on 04/14/2006 6:10:52 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Friday April 14, 8:23 PM
3RD LD: Seoul demands Tokyo cancel survey near disputed islets
(Kyodo) _ (EDS: ADDING QUOTES FROM S. KOREAN FOREIGN AND TRADE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, VICE MINISTER) South Korea on Friday demanded that Japan cancel a planned maritime survey near South Korean-administered islets called Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan.
"Japan will have to immediately retract its illicit plan masquerading as a survey," Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry spokesman Choo Kyu Ho said in a statement, according to Yonhap News Agency.
Choo said South Korea will take all necessary measures against a premeditated provocation by Japan, and that "Japan should take full responsibility for its results."
South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Yu Myung Hwan delivered a similar demand, later dismissed by Tokyo though, to Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Shotaro Oshima earlier in the day at the ministry, according to the Japanese Embassy in Seoul.
The Japanese government posted a public notice earlier Friday about its plan to send a survey vessel from the Japan Coast Guard to conduct maritime surveys in the Sea of Japan, which South Korea calls the East Sea. ADVERTISEMENT
Yu told Oshima that South Korea demands an immediate halt to the survey, saying the survey area includes South Korea's Exclusive Economic Zone, embassy officials said.
"Any research work in South Korea's EEZ without its approval is an illegal transgression...If Japan pushes forward with the plan, South Korea will use all possible means to block it," Yonhap later quoted Yu as telling the ambassador.
In response, the Japanese envoy told Yu the survey will be conducted within Japan's EEZ without violating international maritime law, and called for a "cool-headed" response to the issue, according to the embassy officials.
Oshima added that Japan cannot accept any South Korean action against an official Japanese vessel.
"It is very unfortunate to see Japan planning (such surveys) at a time when (South) Korea-Japan relations remain strained," said a South Korean official on condition of anonymity.
At his official residence in Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said, "I understand that it is within Japan's EEZ. Both sides should deal with the matter in a cool-headed manner."
Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe, the Japanese government's top spokesman, said any South Korean action against the survey would be "unacceptable," as Tokyo believes its plan "poses no problems in light of international law."
Relations between Japan and South Korea have deteriorated since the prefectural assembly of Shimane, western Japan, passed an ordinance March 16 last year designating Feb. 22 as "Takeshima Day."
The Shimane government says the ordinance was intended to raise awareness among the Japanese public about the Feb. 22, 1905, issuance of a prefectural notice that declared the islets part of Shimane.
South Korea regards the islets as part of its North Gyeongsang Province.
S. Korean pinko gov. wants to talk loud and tough, doing frequent verbal grandstanding to score domestic political points, but many dumb moves in foreign policy have created some serious problems, silently festering below the surface. Now one of them is coming to surface.
This kind of immature bombast would seem characteristic of Asian politics. My impression is that South Korea lacks the maritime wherewithal to back it up, which makes this move REALLY stupid.
Is this a matter of looking like a stud to buddy Kim?
<< This kind of immature bombast would seem characteristic of Asian politics. >>
I would like to say Japan has right to survey her territory.
Takeshima belongs to Japan.
There are a lot of evidence for it, and
please let me show you quotes from FRUS or "Foreign Relations of the United States", ( please see http://www.geocities.jp/tanaka_kunitaka/takeshima/frus.jpg )
the US internal documents which seem to have been recorded in
the process of making peace treaty among nations including United States & related nations,Japan after world war II.
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