Asia-Pacific

Japan's Korean Air boycott draws Seoul ire

view of the islands from Korean Air plane
A view of the disputed islands from the test flight

South Korea has protested to Japan after Tokyo instructed its diplomats to boycott Korean Air in a territorial dispute between the two countries.

South Korea's foreign ministry called the boycott "deeply regrettable".

On Thursday Japan's foreign minister told diplomats not to fly Korean Air for a month after it carried out a test flight over disputed islands.

The islands, called Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese, are claimed by both but controlled by South Korea.

On Friday South Korea's foreign ministry summoned a Japanese diplomat over the boycott.

"From the standpoint of bilateral relations, the Japanese decision is very disappointing," the ministry said.

It added: "Unless there are problems in terms of air traffic control, a Korean flag carrier is free to do anything within our own air space."

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