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S. Korean lawmakers propose resolution denouncing Tokyo's Dokdo claim on Olympic map

Politics 16:39 June 03, 2021

SEOUL, June 3 (Yonhap) -- A group of South Korean lawmakers on Thursday submitted a resolution condemning Japan for laying claim to Dokdo on a map for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

The resolution signed by 132 legislators -- 128 from the ruling Democratic Party (DP), three from the progressive minor Justice Party and one independent -- was submitted for approval at the National Assembly's general meeting.

"(The map) gravely harms the trust between South Korea and Japan and could threaten the peace in Northeast Asia, let alone violating the Olympic spirit downright," the legislators said.

They denounced the territorial claim as an "evident provocation" that infringes upon South Korea's territorial sovereignty, demanding the wrongful description be removed immediately.

This photo provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shows Dokdo in the East Sea. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
Ruling Democratic Party lawmakers announce they have proposed a resolution condemning Japan's renewed claim to South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo on the Tokyo Olympic website during a news conference held at the National Assembly complex in southern Seoul on June 3, 2021. (Yonhap)

Dokdo has appeared on the map of the route of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay, posted on the Tokyo Olympic website, in an apparent territorial claim to the South Korean islets by the Japanese government.

Dokdo has long been a recurring source of tension between the two neighbors, as Tokyo continues to lay claim to the East Sea islets, which have been under the effective control of Seoul since the Korean liberation from Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule.

In the resolution, the lawmakers also requested the International Olympic Committee (IOC) order the removal of Dokdo on the Japanese map in question.

During a radio interview earlier in the day, DP Rep. Yun Kun-young denounced Japan's inclusion of the islets on the map as an act of a "third-rate" country and slammed the IOC for inaction on the matter.

"This is not a matter that could be winked at," he said, adding that the Seoul government should go so far as to consider boycotting the upcoming Olympics entirely.


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