S. Korea renames peaks of Dokdo to symbolize sovereignty

October 28, 2012 by admin
Filed under: Asia, Dokdo, Education, History, Info, Soft Power, U.S. Policy, War Crimes 

SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Yonhap) — South Korea said Sunday that it has selected new official names for peaks on Dokdo, a group of its easternmost islets in the East Sea, in an apparent bid to better symbolize its sovereignty over the territory frequently claimed by its neighbor Japan.

Dokdo, which lies closer to South Korea in the body of water between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, has long been a thorn in relations between the two countries. South Korea keeps a small police detachment on the islets — consisting mainly of Dongdo and Seodo — effectively controlling them.

According to the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, the government has decided to rename Dongdo “Usanbong” and Seodo “Daehanbong,” and use the new names starting Monday in the country’s official maps, textbooks and Internet portals.

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