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S. Korea slams Japan's video claim on disputed islets

Published on Dec 12, 2013 12:35 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea has condemned Japan for publishing a video in 10 languages challenging its sovereignty over a tiny group of islets at the heart of a territorial dispute, demanding Tokyo remove it.

The film, published on Wednesday by the Japanese foreign ministry on its own website and on YouTube, insists the islets in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), called Dokdo by Seoul and Takeshima by Tokyo, are its own.

The 90-second clip is subtitled and dubbed in 10 languages including English, Korean, Chinese, French, Spanish and Arabic - described Seoul's de facto control over the islets as "illegal".

"We gravely protest the publication of the video... and strongly demand that Japan remove these videos immediately," Seoul's foreign ministry said in a statement released late Wednesday.

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