North Korea assails Japan for territorial claims

(From UPI)

North Korea lambasted Japan after Tokyo’s foreign minister had said a group of disputed islets is Japanese territory.

Fumio Kishida had said Friday the territory is Japanese, although South Korea also lays claim to the islets known as Dokdo or Takeshima, news network YTN reported.

Dokdo/Takeshima island claimed by South Korea and Japan

Dokdo/Takeshima island claimed by South Korea and Japan

North Korea’s state-controlled outlet Uriminzokkiri condemned the statement and said Japan’s claim of sovereignty is “the ultimate effrontery.”

The outlet frequently targets a South Korean audience and was at the center of a legal case last week when a South Korean man was partly acquitted of violating the South’s anti-communist National Security Law after following the outlet’s Twitter account and retweeting the source more than a hundred times.

On Tuesday, North Korea said the islets were legally Korean territory and slammed Japan’s claims of sovereignty as “nonsensical sophistry.”

North Korea also stated Korea discovered the uninhabitable islets a thousand years before Japan, and maintained the territory, something Japan “cannot deny.”

The Japanese Foreign Minister has recently been in the spotlight in both Koreas for his remarks on Japan-Korea affairs.

Last week, Kishida said the term “sex slaves” should not be used to describe women who were forcibly recruited to military brothels during World War II. Read more

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