Japan, South Korea territorial dispute derails US press occasion

The newest spat over the disputed islets arose throughout a US, South Korea and Japan trilateral assembly in Washington, DC.

A longstanding dispute over territorial claims to islets within the Sea of Japan has derailed a scheduled joint convention between US, South Korean and Japanese officers in Washington, DC.

A trilateral assembly between the three international locations within the US capital was meant to finish on Wednesday with a joint information convention with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun, and their Japanese counterpart Takeo Mori.

However, Sherman as an alternative confronted the press alone, telling reporters: “As has been the case for some time, there are some bilateral differences between Japan and the Republic of Korea that are continuing to be resolved.”

“And one of those differences, which is unrelated to today’s meeting, has led to the change in format for today’s press availability,” she stated.

Japan and South Korea later acknowledged the absence was the results of an ongoing dispute over the islets. Seoul presently controls the cluster of islands, which it calls Dokdo. Tokyo, in the meantime, says the islets, which it calls Takeshima, are Japanese territory.

The most up-to-date flare-up comes after a latest go to to the islets by South Korea’s nationwide police chief.

A Japanese embassy spokesman in Washington, DC stated the islets are “indisputably an inherent part of the territory of Japan” and that Tokyo had lodged a protest with Seoul over the go to.

“Under these circumstances, we have decided that it is inappropriate to hold a joint press conference,” the spokesman stated.

South Korea’s vice international minister later confirmed that his Japanese counterpart didn’t attend the information convention over “the issue surrounding our police chief’s visit to Dokdo”.

‘Very constructive’

Still, Sherman hailed the trilateral assembly on Wednesday as “very constructive”, saying it demonstrated “exactly why the trilateral format with the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea is so important and powerful”.

She stated the three sides reaffirmed their “shared commitment” to the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”.

She added that Washington, Tokyo and Seoul oppose “activities that undermine, destabilise or threaten the rules-based international order” within the Indo-Pacific area and within the Taiwan Strait, in a transparent reference to China.

Relations between Tokyo and Seoul have been strained for many years, stemming from Japan’s brutal colonial rule over the Korean Peninsula between 1910 and 1945.

The tense local weather between the 2 international locations stays a problem for Washington, which is anxious over the implications of any flare-ups between its two shut Asian allies.