South Koreans Swim to Disputed Islands

The relay swim comes amid diplomatic tensions with Japan over ownership of the Dokdo (or Takeshima) islands.


More than 40 South Koreans have begun a relay swim of more than 200km (124 miles) to islands also claimed by Japan amid a serious diplomatic row between the two neighbours.

The swimmers are headed for the islands known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan.

Their swim follows the first-ever visit of a South Korean president to the islands on Friday.

The visit has infuriated Japan, which recalled its ambassador to South Korea.