Tok Islands, Inalienable Territory of Korea

Date: 13/02/2019 | Source: Uriminzokkiri (En) | Read original version at source

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Tok Islands that lie 92.6km southeast of Kannyongmal on the southern tip of Ullung Island in the East Sea of Korea, are recognized historically and by international law as an inalienable part of the territory of Korea.

It is clearly seen in many Korean historical records including Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms (1145) and History of Koryo (1451), as well as in Japanese books including the Collection of Waterways along the Korean Coast and Chronicle of Shimane Prefecture.

After the Second World War, vanquished Japan officially admitted that Tok Islands did not belong to its territory. Contemporary maps compiled by the United States and Britain also marked the islands as part of Korea’s territory.

Historical materials proving Korea’s ownership of the islands continue to be discovered.

A map of Japan published by a geological survey office under the then Japanese ministry of agriculture and commerce and maps published for textbooks for secondary schools, in 1888 and 1889 respectively, were made public in 2016, and they did not even mark Ullung Island and Tok Islands. And a map of Asia which was carried in a geography textbook compiled by Yamagami, a representative Japanese geologist, marked the islands outside the borderline of Japan.

Nevertheless, the authorities and rightists of Japan insist that Tok Islands belong to their territory.

Having instituted the Day of Takeshima (Tok Islands in Japanese), it has held an event on every February 22 to play up the “validity” of its claim to the islands.

A Blue Book of the government on foreign policies defining the islands as part of the territory of Japan was issued. The man in power frequently says that the islands belong to Japan in view of historical facts and international law. Many people re-register their families on the islands. School textbooks imbue the students with the idea that the islands belong to Japan.

The preposterous moves of the Japanese reactionaries to seize Tok Islands, instead of apologizing and compensating for their crime-ridden past, are the prelude to their bid to realize the long-sought ambition for reinvasion and territorial expansion against Korea and other Asian countries.

Tok Islands are an inseparable part of Korean territory at present, as in the past, and will be so in the future as well.

Japan must realize that facing up to the history and reality is very favourable to itself.

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