South Korea-Japan Tensions Heat Up

SEOUL—South Korea President Lee Myung-bak on Tuesday directed more criticism at Japan and suggested conditions for a hypothetical visit by the Japanese emperor on the eve of the annual commemoration of Korean independence from its former occupier.

The new remarks came just a few days after Mr. Lee angered Tokyo by visiting the Liancourt Rocks, a set of islets South Korea has controlled since the 1950s but that Japan also claims, and just before the August 15 celebration of liberation from Japan at the end of World War II.

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