SEOUL : South Korea summoned the Japanese ambassador Friday over what it saw as a fresh move by Japan to stake its claim to a disputed set of tiny islets and promote its stance in school text books. The foreign ministry called in ambassador Koro Bessho to formally convey its protest over a section in Japan’s newly released foreign policy report “Diplomatic Bluebook 2014”. The report, drafted every year by the Japanese foreign ministry, identified the disputed islets - known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese - as Japanese territory.
It also vowed intensified efforts to have the dispute over the South Korean-controlled islets settled by international law.
“Our government expresses strong regret at Japan’s outrageous claim on our indigenous territory, Dokdo,” Seoul’s foreign ministry said in a statement.