South Korea protests to Japan about tsunami alerts showing disputed islets

SEOUL: South Korea has protested to Japan over a tsunami advisory issued by its neighbour following the powerful New Year’s Day earthquake that featured a map displaying a group of its islands also claimed by Tokyo, officials in Seoul said on Tuesday (Jan 2).

Although ties have improved in recent years, the two remain at odds over the sovereignty of the islets, called Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan, which lie about halfway between them in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

South Korea offered condolences for Monday’s disaster, but added that the islands, shown on the map issued by Japan’s weather agency, were not subject to any territorial dispute.

“Our government has sternly protested to Japan through a diplomatic channel and requested corrective action,” Lim Soo-suk, a spokesperson of the South Korean foreign ministry, told a briefing.

Earlier on Tuesday, President Yoon Suk Yeol’s office said he had sent a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, offering condolences for the victims and families as well as support for recovery efforts.

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