Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba proposed Friday that Japan and South Korea jointly file a suit with the International Court of Justice for a peaceful settlement of the dispute over the Takeshima islands in the Sea of Japan, officials said.
Gemba made the overture in a meeting with South Korean Ambassador to Japan Shin Kak Soo at the Foreign Ministry building.
If the government fails to obtain South Korea's agreement to work together to bring the Takeshima issue before the U.N. tribunal at The Hague, Japan will lodge a suit on its own, the officials said.
In talks with the South Korean ambassador, Gemba expressed deep regret over South Korean President Lee Myung Bak's visit to the Takeshima islands last week.
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(Jiji Press )