Korea's territorial rights over Dokdo are indisputable, historically and geographically, and are not subject to a territorial dispute with Japan.This dispute over Dokdo is a historical problem that arose from Japan's expansionist invasion of Korea.This dispute may not be settled in or out of court unless Japan accepts the responsibility of the historical fact. The Republic of Korea has continuously administered Dokdo since 1948.
Japan has tried to claim Dokdo as their territory and wants to take Korea to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The petition by “hisa a” refers to “Rusk Documents” which were confidential during the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty negotiations and are anecdotal now and have no legality that can support Japan’s territorial ownership of Dokdo.
Response to Petition
Thank you for your petition on the Liancourt Rocks. The U.S. government's policy for decades has been not to take a position regarding sovereignty over the Liancourt Rocks. This is a long-standing dispute, that Korea and Japan have handled with restraint in the past. We expect that they will continue to do so. We would welcome any outcome agreed to by both Korea and Japan.