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Japan says:

"Takeshima is our country's inherent territory from a historical standpoint and based on international laws."

South Korea says:

Calling the islets South Korea's "inherent territory from a historic and geographical perspective, as well as in the eyes of international law,"

So does his mean South Korea is now prepared to settle this dispute in accordance with International Law at the International Court of Justice? Since South Korea laid claim to this island Japan has requested settlement at the ICJ and South Korea has REFUSED three times.

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Japan and South Korea should administer the islands as a peaceful joint venture to help bring the two countries closer together.

Regulate and split the amount of fish that can be fished from there equally between the two countries and also any other natural resources they may find there in the future.

There. I've solved the problem. (They really should hire me to be the chief negotiator on this issue.)

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I don’t think any non-moron believes SK’s claims for a second. SK is an unwilling participant in negotiations over this issue and this will be reflected in how much assistance they receive wen conflict breaks out soon with NK.

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Sheesh, the never ending drama over these islands.

It's Japan's islands, not South Korea's.

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Regulate and split the amount of fish that can be fished from there equally between the two countries and also any other natural resources they may find there in the future.

Why would Korea opt for splitting when they can have all of it, as they are right now.

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Once again SK seems afraid to be placed in front of scrutiny. Why wont it go to the ICJ and get this officially resolved? Or is the plan to makes these small rocks the last bastion and seat of a defeated SK government, when their new found friends in the North decide to reunify the peninsular!

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I don’t think any non-moron believes SK’s claims for a second. SK is an unwilling participant in negotiations over this issue and this will be reflected in how much assistance they receive wen conflict breaks out soon with NK.

@dcog - you seem to WANT a war between SK and NK.. luckily NK aren't suicidal and know they can't beat the combined USA/SK/Japan/UN forces. It'd like a fight between a schoolyard bully and 5 current boxing champions.

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Why wont it go to the ICJ and get this officially resolved?

Maybe because SK believes there is no dispute over these islets, kind of like how Japan believes there is no dispute with the Senkakus.

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Japan should stop laying claim to islands that it doesn't need, and start focusing upon more important matters at home. Just think about the amount of money that would be saved, and the benefits that would result to its own peoples both at home and internationally....

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ThePBotToday 04:51 am JST

Why wont it go to the ICJ and get this officially resolved?

Maybe because SK believes there is no dispute over these islets, kind of like how Japan believes there is no dispute with the Senkakus.

Nice try but that doesn't work. The Senkakus are controlled by Japan and China is claiming it, so it is up to China to file a claim with the ICJ. However China refuses to accept international jurisdiction over it's sovereignty issues. So unless China does declare it's intent to settle at the ICJ, Japan, who is a signatory to the ICJ has "no dispute".

In the case of South Korea, Japan has requested South Korea to settle the Takeshima dispute three times at the ICJ and South Korea has refused. There is a clear dispute which South Korea fears it will lose if it were taken to the ICJ. If South Korea belives "there is no dispute" then why does South Korea bother to protest Japan's positon or textbook references?

"Feb 22 marks the day in 1905 on which Shimane Prefecture declared it had incorporated the islets following approval by the Japanese government of the time."

"On January 18, 1952, South Korea, a non-signatory state to the San Francisco Peace Treaty, announced the Presidential Declaration of Sovereignty over Adjacent Seas (Peace Line, Rhee Line) including Liancourt Rocks within Korean territory along the expiring MacArthur Line (SCAPIN#1033; June 22, 1946 – April 1952) before the Peace Treaty came into force on April 28."

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