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South Korea slams Japan's 'ludicrous' island claim

Published on Aug 5, 2014 12:12 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea on Tuesday slammed Japan's "ludicrous" reassertion of its claim to a set of disputed islets in a new defence white paper, warning it would further strain relations.

The white paper released in Tokyo briefly alluded to a set of territorial disputes, including one with South Korea over a group of islands in the East Sea (Sea of Japan).

The South Korea-controlled chain of rocky islets - called Dokdo by Seoul and Takeshima by Tokyo - have been the cause of tensions between the two neighbours for decades.

"The Japanese government repeated the ludicrous claim that Dokdo is its own territory... in its 2014 White Paper," Seoul's foreign ministry said in a statement.

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