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Tokyo Tries to Defuse Tensions With Seoul

April 21, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Japan will send a high-ranking official to South Korea to defuse rising tension over a resource-rich cluster of islets claimed by both countries, a top government official said.

The emergency visit to Seoul is intended to break a standoff triggered by Tokyo's plan to conduct a maritime survey around the uninhabited islands.

The Japanese coast guard survey ships have lingered off the country's coast as tensions flared. South Korea has dispatched about 20 gunboats to the disputed waters.

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