SEOUL, - On Wednesday, both the ruling People Power Party (PPP) and the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) denounced Japan's territorial claims over South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo,
According to a news release by Yonhap News Agency, The reaffirmation came as the parties marked "Dokdo Day." Rep. Park Jeong-ha, chief spokesperson for the PPP, stated that while opportunities for cooperation with Japan in areas such as security and economy are being discussed, the territorial dispute remains an independent issue. Park added that the government and the PPP will undertake legal and legislative measures to protect the islets.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Party also rejected Japan's claims but criticized the government of President Yoon Suk Yeol for making too many concessions to Tokyo. Rep. Kwon Chil-seung, the DP's chief spokesperson, voiced concerns that the government might even give up Dokdo and called on President Yoon to safeguard South Korea's territorial integrity.