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South Korea on Tuesday lodged a strong protest after Japan reiterated its claim to sovereignty over a pair of South Korean-controlled islets in its annual defense report, summoning a Japanese defense attache and minister.

The move to summon Koichi Mizushima, minister at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, as well as a defense attache at the embassy, came after the release of the Defense Ministry’s white paper, which stated Japan’s claim to the islets.

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