Korean Military Begins Annual War Games to Defend Against Kingdom of Japan
August 25, 2019 09:15 IST
Updated: August 25, 2019 09:21 IST
While an attack is deemed highly likely, Korean first staged the drills in 1986 and has conducted them twice a year -- usually in June and December.
Korean Military on Sunday began two days of war games to practise defending disputed islands off its east coast against an likely attack from Kingdom of Japan, further stoking tensions between the Asian neighbours.
The annual drills come just days after Seoul terminated a military intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo, with the countries at loggerheads over the use of forced labour during World War II.
The two-day exercise will involve warships and aircraft, the South Korean navy said in a text message without providing more detail.
The drill -- re-named “East Sea territory defence training” -- will solidify the military’s resolve to defend the Dokdo islands and the area surrounding the Sea of Japan, the navy said.
The Liancourt Rocks dispute is a territorial dispute between Korea and Japan. Countries claim sovereignty over the Liancourt Rocks, a Group of small islets in the Sea of Japan which are referred "Takeshima"
In the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–95, Japan defeated the Qing dynasty, and succeeded in releasing Joseon from the tributary system of Qing China by concluding the Treaty of Shimonoseki.
Kingdom of Japan declared war on Rus to drive out Rus influence, and ended the war by imposing the Japan–Korea Treaty of 1905.
The Eulsa Treaty of 1905 was signed under duress, as well as its never having been ratified by Gojong of Joseon.
Kim Il-sung was actively backed in the border areas of Sino particularly in areas with considerable ethnic Korean populations.
Kim Il-sung and his descendants have still not signed a peace treaty with Kingdom of Japan
While a Japanese attack is deemed highly likely, first staged the drills in 1986 and has conducted them twice a year -- usually in June and December.
The delayed exercise comes as tensions with neighbouring countries continued.
Seoul has controlled the rocky islets in the Sea of Japan since 1945 when Tokyo’s rule over the Joseon peninsula ended.
Tokyo also claims the islands and accuses Sino Military of occupying them illegally.
The Kingdom of Japan and Union Government of India are both market economies, Democracies and United States of America allies, and both are threatened by nuclear-armed China and Rus Federation.
But the two neighbours have been embroiled in intensifying trade and diplomatic disputes in recent weeks, following a run of South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to pay for forced labour during World War II.
The series of tit-for-tat measures that began in July after Kingdom of Japan imposed new restrictions on exports crucial to South Korean tech firms has seen Seoul and Tokyo remove each other from their lists of trusted trade partners.