(Inter-Korean summit) Contested islands feature on chairs

World | 25 Apr 2018 4:26 pm

Chairs for Friday's summit between South Korean President Moon Jae In and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un feature the islands Dokdo, controlled by Seoul but also claimed by the Japanese. One thing the rival Koreas share is a resentment of Japan, which imposed brutal colonial rule on the peninsula from 1910 to 1945, and the gesture is likely to irritate Tokyo, Korea Times reports.

Japan and the South are both US allies but their relationship is strained by historical and territorial issues, including Dokdo, islands controlled by Seoul but claimed by Tokyo. The new walnut chairs to be used by the two leaders' seven-strong delegations at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone each features a map of the peninsula. The tiny islands are clearly marked, pictures released by South Korea's Presidential Blue House show.

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