Sunday, October 16, 2005


South Korea protests Yasukuni visits

It's just an interference in domestic affairs as a diplomatic card. The account of the card could not draw out money any more, since it is closed.

South Korea summons Japan envoy, protests shrine visit

SEOUL, (AFP) - South Korea's foreign minister summoned Japan's envoy and expressed "deep regret and disappointment" over Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's controversial visit to a war shrine.
Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon summoned Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Shotaro Oshima shortly after Koizumi visited the Tokyo shrine that honors Japanese war dead, including war criminals.
"The South Korean government cannot help feeling deep regret and disappointment over the visit," Ban told Oshima as journalists looked on.
Ban demanded an end to the visits to the Yasukuni shrine, which he described as the biggest hurdle to Japanese-South Korea ties. There was no comment from Oshima.
"It is not excessive to say that Prime Minister Koizumi's visits to the Yasukuni shrine have been the biggest stumbling block to South Korea-Japan relations," Ban said.
"We strongly demand that such things never occur again," he said. "We are in a state of being greatly frustrated."
Japan imposed harsh colonial rule on the Korean peninsula from 1940 to 1945.
Though the neighbours established diplomatic ties in 1965, many South Koreans still harbour bitterness toward the former colonial master and relations have been slow to develop.
Tension rose earlier this year over Japan's revived claim to a group of disputed islets as well as publication of a history textbook written by Japanese nationalists that critics say glosses over the country's militaristic past.

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