27 Jul '11, 3am

S. Korea warns Japan against disputed island visit

S. Korea warns Japan against disputed island visit

SEOUL: South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has warned Japanese lawmakers against visiting a site near islands claimed by both nations, saying their safety cannot be guaranteed, an official said Wednesday. The neighbours are facing a renewed escalation in a decades-old territorial row over the Seoul-controlled Dokdo islands in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), which are known as Takeshima in Japan. The latest row began when flag carrier Korean Air operated a test flight of its new A380 aircraft over Dokdo in June. Tokyo in response ordered public servants not to use Korean Air for a month. Four lawmakers from Japan's conservative opposition Liberal Democratic Party also announced a plan to visit Ulleung island, the closest South Korean territory to Dokdo -- sparking anger among Seoul officials and activists. Lee, at a cabinet meeting Tuesday, ordered officials to advise Tokyo t...

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