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South Korean lawmakers to visit Takeshima on Aug. 31

JIJI

Seven South Korean lawmakers will visit the Takeshima islands in the Sea of Japan on Aug. 31, one of the lawmakers said Friday, a trip that could further ratchet up tensions between Tokyo and Seoul.

The visit to the islands controlled by Seoul, which calls them Dokdo and are also claimed by Tokyo, would come as tensions have hit new highs after South Korea’s decision Thursday to scrap a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan.

Sul Hoon, a member of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea, said the visit is designed to check on facilities on the islands and encourage security forces stationed there.

Sul criticized Tokyo for what he characterized as economic retaliation despite Seoul’s diplomatic efforts.

During the visit, the South Korean lawmakers plan to call on Japan to lift its controls on exports to South Korea and apologize for the wartime labor issue, according to Sul.

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