‘S.Korea, Japan to continue dialogue amid renewed Dokdo spat’ – Incheon News
First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun made the remarks upon arriving residence from Washington the place he held talks along with his US and Japanese counterparts — Wendy Sherman and Takeo Mori, Yonhap information company reported.
Tensions over Dokdo flared when Mori boycotted a joint press availability set to contain all three diplomats, in protest over the current go to to Dokdo by a high South Korean police officer.
“There is no discontinuity in dialogue or consultations between the diplomatic authorities (of the two countries) and they will continue,” Choi instructed reporters at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul.
“We will have consultations over issues that need to be discussed, but we will strictly stick to principles,” he stated.
The vice minister additionally stated that there’s no territorial dispute between South Korea and Japan — in a reiteration of Seoul’s place that Dokdo is its inherent territory traditionally, geographically and by worldwide legislation.
Dokdo has lengthy been a recurring supply of pressure between the 2 neighbours, as Tokyo continues to make sovereignty claims in its coverage papers, public statements and college textbooks.
South Korea has been in efficient management of Dokdo, with a small police detachment, since its liberation from Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule.