DPRK denounces Japan's move to claim controversial islet 2006-04-06 23:34:01

    PYONGYANG, April. 6 (Xinhua) -- A spokesman of the Foreign
Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on
Thursday strongly denounced Japan for laying claim, in revised high
school textbooks, to an oft-disputed islet.

    "The Japanese authorities have obstinately insisted that the islet
belongs to Japan's territory. Obviously this is prompted by their wild
ambition for aggression and territorial expansion," the spokesman said
in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency

    The statement came eight days after the Japanese Education
Ministry released the results of its annual review of new high school
textbooks that will be introduced in 2007.

    The controversial islet, called Tok in Korean and Takeshima in
Japanese, has always been a cause of diplomatic disputes between the
two countries.

    "It admits of no argument that the islet belongs to Korea's
territory from the historical point of view and in the light of
international law," the spokesman said, adding that "Japan is keento
realize its wild ambition of reinvasion, oblivious of the historical
lesson drawn from the bitter defeat it suffered after setting out on
overseas aggression."

    The DPRK insists that the Tok islet, located some 89
kilometerssoutheast of the South Korean Uleung Island and 160
kilometers northwest to Japanese Oki Island in the Sea of Japan, has
been listed as its territory in history literature since the fifth

    While Japan also claims the islet has been its territory since the
17th century, as written in literature. Japan started annexation of
the Korean Peninsula in early 20th century and completed it in 1910.

    Now the controversial island is under control of South Korea which
had strongly denounced Japan's move on this issue a week ago.

    The DPRK also blasted Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's
continuous visits to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo honoring
top war criminals.

    "The historical lesson requires the countries in the region never
to allow Japan's wild ambition for territorial expansion but heighten
the vigilance against it and jointly react to it," he said.

    "Pyongyang was entirely just when it took measures to steadily
bolster its military capability for self-defence including a nuclear
deterrent to defend the peace and security in the Korean Peninsula and
the rest of Asia," said the spokesman. Enditem