Saenuri leaders visit Dokdo for national security
Party chairman Hwang Woo-yea, floor leader Lee Hahn-koo and five other senior party members headed to the East Sea islets by helicopter to meet the Coast Guard unit guarding the islets and look around facilities there, Hwang’s office said.
The latest tour comes after the Saenuri leadership visited a series of key security posts, including the Demilitarized Zone, the border island of Baengnyeong and a military boot camp in an apparent bid to highlight their pledge on strong national defense ahead of the December race.
The conservative party has pushed to oust two pro-North Korea lawmakers of a progressive minor party over their past activities sympathizing with Pyongyang. The two are also under growing pressure to step down over their involvement in an alleged primary fraud in the April legislative elections.
South Korea rejects the Japanese claim to Dokdo as nonsense because the country regained its independence from Japanese colonial rule and reclaimed sovereignty over its territories, including Dokdo and many other islands around the Korean Peninsula.