South Korea denounces Japan's claim to Dokdo

Added On August 9, 2017

South Korea on Tuesday denounced Japan's renewed territorial claim to its easternmost islets of Dokdo, known as Takeshima in Japan. 
The remarks came after Japan published its 2017 defense white paper earlier in the day, in which it claimed Takeshima is part of its territory.
Seoul's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it strongly protested and urged an immediate withdrawal of Japan's repeated illegitimate sovereignty claim to Dokdo, which is South Korea's own territory historically, geographically and by international law. 
South Korea's Defense Ministry summoned a defense attache with the Japanese embassy in Seoul to formally express its deep regrets toward the Japanese government over the repeated territorial claims since 2005 to the islets. 
The islets were incorporated into Japan's territory in 1910 when the Japanese colonization of the Korean Peninsula started. 
They were then returned to South Korea when the peninsula liberated from the Japanese colonial rule in 1945. 
The rocky outcroppings have been a major source of diplomatic rows and even emotional battle both between the general public and governments of Seoul and Tokyo.