South Korea was to stage an annual army train round its easternmost islets of Dokdo on Tuesday after Japan protested the deliberate drill and referred to as off an agreed-upon summit between the 2 nations. The Republic of Korea Armed Forces will conduct an annual army train across the Dokdo islets within the East Sea on Tuesday. In protest in opposition to the common drill, Japan referred to as off agreed-upon talks between President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga through the Group of Seven (G-7) assembly in Britain final week.

Bilateral ties between Seoul and Tokyo have deteriorated in recent times over a sequence of disputes on historical past and commerce. South Korea regained its sovereignty over the islets after liberation from the 1910-1945 Japanese colonization of the Korean Peninsula. The islets had been included into Japan through the colonization. Japan, which claims possession over the islets, has repeatedly protested the drills.


South Korea launched the Dokdo drills in 1986. Since 2003, the nation has usually carried out the coaching twice a yr, normally in June and December, to higher fend off attainable overseas infiltrations within the space. The drill, named the East Sea Territory Safety Train, will contain the Navy, the Air Drive and the Coast Guard, and be staged in a method that minimizes in-person contact given the COVID-19 pandemic. The Marine Corps is not going to be a part of this yr’s train, as no touchdown drill will happen.

South Korea classifies the islets as Dokdo-ri, Ulleung-eup, Ulleung County, North Gyeongsang Province, and calls them Dokdo ( solitary island or lonely island). Japan classifies the islands as a part of Okinoshima, Oki District, Shimane Prefecture, and calls them Takeshima (bamboo island). The Franco-English title “Liancourt Rocks” derives from Le Liancourt, the title of a French whaling ship that got here near being wrecked on the rocks in 1849.

the South Korean armed forces maintain an train to defend the easternmost islets of Dokdo on Aug. 25, 2019.