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This paper provides detailed analysis of the so-called ‘Rusk Letter’ which has been
generally referred to as an evidence of Japan’s territorial claim to Dokdo island.
The Rusk Letter is a diplomatic epistle which was drafted by Dean Rusk, the US
Assistant Secretary of State and sent to the Korean Embassy in the US on August
10, 1951. This letter considers Dokdo as Japan’s territory. However, the Rusk Letter
has been legally and historically criticized from mainly two aspects. First, the Rusk
Letter referred to the ownership of Dokdo only considering the Japanese position
which was sent only to Korea; Japan and even the US Embassy to Korea did not
the Rusk Letter cannot be a critical evidence of Japan’s territorial claim over Dokdo.
Rusk Letter, Dokdo, Takeshima, Territorial Claim, Evidence, San Francisco
Peace Treaty, Cairo Declaration, Potsdam Declaration, US draft, US-
Is the so-called
be a Critical Evidence of
Japan’s Territorial Claim
to Dokdo Island?
∗ Professor of Political Science at Sejong University, Seoul, Korea. B.A.(Tokyo), Ph.D.(Korea). ORCID: https://orcid.
org/0000-0001-6655-0329. This research was supported by Sejong University Research Fund. The author may be
contacted at: email@example.com / Address: 313 Saenal-gwan Sejong University Gunja-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
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