S Korea eyes Japan's education guideline on disputed islets

12:48, December 24, 2009      

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South Korea is keeping a close eye on Japan's reported plan to publish a revised education handbook, which Seoul suspects might claim disputed islets as its territory, according to Yonhap news agency Thursday.

It has yet to be confirmed if the education guideline for Japan's high school teachers, slated to be unveiled on Friday, includes territorial claim of the long-disputed islets.

But the South Korean government would immediately issue a statement and hold a press briefing if the handbook turns out to contain description of the islets, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan, local media reported.

Territorial disputes over the lonely islets, lying halfway between the two countries, have continuously caused diplomatic ire in the two countries in the past.

In the latest row between the two sides, Seoul last year summoned its ambassador to Japan back to South Korea after Japan claimed territorial sovereignty over the rocky outcroppings in its education guidebook.

Source: Xinhua
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