S. Korea warns Japan over trips to war shrine on anniversary of WWII surrender
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea on Tuesday warned Japanese politicians against visiting a controversial war shrine on the anniversary this week of its surrender in World War II.
The Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, which honours some 2.5 million war dead including 14 top war criminals, has been a constant source of tension in North-east Asia.
South Korea and China both insist that official visits to the site are a calculated affront to those countries that suffered under Japan's imperialist aggression.
"We once again stress that there should be no trips by top Japanese politicians to the Yasukuni shrine," South Korean foreign ministry spokesman Cho Tai Young told reporters.