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(LEAD) S. Korea strongly protests Japan's renewed claims to Dokdo

All News 16:04 June 21, 2017

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SEOUL, June 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea voiced strong protests Wednesday against Japan's latest claims to its easternmost islets of Dokdo in an education manual.

The foreign ministry also said that it called in a Japanese Embassy official to lodge its complaints with what it sees as "repeated" and "unjustified" territorial claims.

Children visit Dokdo Museum in Seoul on June 21, 2017. (Yonhap)

"We strongly protest Japan's repeated and unjustified claims to our own territory, Dokdo, and demand its immediate withdrawal," the ministry said in a commentary issued in the name of its spokesman.

"The government once again makes it clear that it will sternly deal with any provocation against Dokdo, which is our territory historically, geographically and by international law," it added.

Japan's education ministry earlier announced its education handbook for elementary and middle schools in which it calls for students to be taught that Dokdo is its territory.

The move came as a follow-up measure to its revision to education guidelines in which it repeated its claims to the islets. The guidelines and the handbook serve as a standard by which students are taught and textbooks are written.

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