Visit to Kunashiri

It does not seem a very wise move that a group of South Korean lawmakers would visit one of the Kuril islands, the subject of a long-standing territorial dispute between Russia and Japan, as part of their campaign to manifest Korea’s sovereignty over Dokdo islands in the East Sea. First of all, there is little similarity between Dokdo and any of the four islands which have been under Russian jurisdiction since the end of World War II.

Reports on their trip caused a stir in the Japanese parliament, where Prime Minister Naoto Kan spoke of a “proper counteraction.”


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