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WorldSouth Korea begins military drills around disputed island amid feud with Japan

04:30  25 august  2019
04:30  25 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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JUST WATCHED. Japan - South Korea island dispute . (CNN) South Korea has angered Japan by staging military drills near a contested island chain, even as it The South Korean drills , which it usually conducts twice a year, are expected to last two days. And the "war games" freeze would not affect South Korea 's unilateral exercises like the one it began Monday around the small island chain.

South Korea has begun a two-day military drill off the islands of Dokdo, as they are known in Korean , which are the subject of an ongoing territorial dispute with Japan , where they are known as Takeshima.

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's military will conduct two days of drills around a tiny island also claimed by Japan, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday, just days after Seoul decided to scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo amid worsening relations.

South Korea begins military drills around disputed island amid feud with Japan© Reuters/YURI MALTSEV FILE PHOTO: Aerial view shows a part of the group of islets known in South Korea as Dokdo and in Japan as Takeshima in the Sea of Japan

Tokyo and Seoul have long been at loggerheads over the sovereignty of the group of islets called Takeshima in Japanese and Dokdo in Korean, which lie about halfway between the East Asian neighbors in the Sea of Japan, which Seoul refers to as the East Sea.

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South Korea holds military drills near disputed islands in Sea of Japan . The South Korean military is set to launch war games off its east coast the aim of preventing "an invasion" of the The two neighbors are also deeply mired in a long-running feud over Japan 's wartime sexual slavery of

South Korea began two-day military drills in the waters near these disputed islands on December 28. Dong-A Ilbo/AFP/Getty Images. This week, South Korean officials called into question a controversial deal on Japanese reparations on the issue that was agreed upon by Japan and

The military drills were scheduled to begin on Sunday, Yonhap reported, and could exacerbate tensions between the two neighbors.

South Koreas on Thursday had announced the scrapping of the intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, drawing a swift protest from Tokyo and deepening a decades-old dispute over history that has hit trade and undercut security cooperation over North Korea.

Relations between South Korea and Japan began to deteriorate late last year following a diplomatic row over compensation for wartime forced laborers during Japan’s occupation of Korea.

They soured further when Japan tightened its curbs on exports of high-tech materials needed by South Korea’s chip industry, and again this month when Tokyo said it would remove South Korea’s fast-track export status.

The disputed islands have long been one of the most sensitive areas of contention for South Korea and Japan. Recently, South Korea and Japan traded words over the way the islands were described on a website for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

The islands were at the center of a more serious clash in July, when both South Korea and Japan responded to what they saw as a violation of their air space near the islands by a Russian military plane.

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