S.Korean lawmakers land on island disputed with Japan

2012-10-23 07:50:03 GMT2012-10-23 15:50:03(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

A group of South Korean lawmakers on Tuesday visited a group of islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with Japan -- a move likely to further stoke tensions with Tokyo.

Seventeen members of the parliamentary National Defense Committee flew to the Dokdo islands (known as Takeshima in Japan) on military helicopters for a day-long visit, an aide to committee member Han Ki-Ho said.

The trip -- labelled a government inspection session -- was aimed at checking security measures around the islands guarded by the South's coastguard, the aide said.

Tokyo's chief cabinet secretary Osamu Fujimura said S. Korea lawmakers' landing on "very regrettable".

 

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