The South Korean government is considering stationing troops on its easternmost islets of Dokdo, due to escalating tensions with Japan, Yonhap reported on Tuesday. The islets, known in Japan as Takeshima, are situated in the East Sea between the two nations.
"We have no objection in principle to stationing Marines on Dokdo as part of efforts to strengthen our sovereign control of the islets," Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Byung-jae said, Yonhap reported.
South Korea’s military criticized earlier this month after Tokyo’s annual defense paper renewed claims to disputed Seoul-controlled islands.
Diplomatic tension has been high since a failed attempt by three Japanese lawmakers to visit a site near the islands. They were stopped at a Seoul airport and sent back to Tokyo.© Japan Today