Japan requested Thursday that the United States refer to the waters into which North Korea fired two ballistic missiles because the Sea of Japan and never the “East Sea.”
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Manabu Sakai stated at a information convention that Tokyo filed the request with Washington over the reference the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command made when it introduced Pyongyang launched the missiles Thursday morning.
Calling the reference “inappropriate,” Sakai stated, “It is our country’s position that the Sea of Japan is the single internationally-established name.”
Earlier, Capt. Mike Kafka, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command public affairs officer, stated in a press release, “We are aware of North Korean missile launches this morning into the East Sea.”
“We will continue to monitor the situation and are consulting closely with our allies and partners,” the assertion stated. “The U.S. commitment to the defense of (South Korea) and Japan remains ironclad.”
Japan and South Korea have lengthy been at odds over the title of the physique of water between Japan and the Korean Peninsula.
Seoul has referred to as for the adoption of “East Sea,” claiming the title “Japan Sea” or “Sea of Japan” got here into use underneath Japan’s 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.
Tokyo, in the meantime, says the Sea of Japan, which turned established in Europe across the finish of the 18th century, has been upheld by the United Nations.
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