Japan to formally propose South Korea take isles dispute to International Court of Justice

The Japanese government decided Tuesday to formally propose to South Korea by the end of the day that the two countries jointly seek a resolution to their dispute over some sparsely inhabited islands at the International Court of Justice, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said.

Japan will soon send a diplomatic document known as a “note verbale” formally making the proposal to the South Korean government through the Japanese embassy in Seoul, government officials said.The move comes in the wake of South Korean President Lee Myung Baks recent controversial visit to one of the disputed isles in the Sea of Japan, controlled by Seoul but claimed by Tokyo.

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