Is the so-called 'Rusk Letter' be a Critical Evidence of Japan's Territorial Claim to Dokdo Island?

Author:Yuji Hosaka
Pages:145-159
SUMMARY

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... (see full summary)

 
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Rusk Letter
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VII JEAIL 1 (2014)
Yuji Hosaka
This paper provides detailed analysis of the so-called Rusk Letter which has been
generally referred to as an evidence of Japans 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 Japans 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 Japans territorial claim over Dokdo.
Keywords
Rusk Letter, Dokdo, Takeshima, Territorial Claim, Evidence, San Francisco
Peace Treaty, Cairo Declaration, Potsdam Declaration, US draft, US-
British Draft
Is the so-called
Rusk Letter
be a Critical Evidence of
Japans 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: hosaka@sejong.ac.kr / Address: 313 Saenal-gwan Sejong University Gunja-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
143-747 Korea.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14330/jeail.2014.7.1.07
2014-05-23 오후 2:26:04

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