S Korea blasts Japan plan to take island dispute to ICJ
Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:42AM
Following the visit, Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said Tokyo had recalled its ambassador to Seoul.“…we passed the message to the Korean ambassador that we were given no choice but to take suitable measures against it,” Gemba said on Friday. The islands lie roughly half way between the two countries and have been under the control of South Korea since the end of Japanese colonial rule after World War II. South Korea controls the islands with a coastguard presence and plans to enhance maritime research in the area, also rich in marine life.
On Saturday, Gemba announced that Tokyo is planning to file a lawsuit with the ICJ to resolve the dispute with South Korea.This is while Japan's plan to take the dispute to the court needs South Korea’s approval. Seoul had previously rejected Tokyo’s similar plan in the 1950 and 1960s. The Islands are said to have large deposits of natural gas and oil. YH/HN