South Korean officials have pledged to respond if Japan enacts changes to the country's middle-school textbooks that assert a greater claim over the Dokdo islets. The proposed changes currently are under review in Tokyo. "Our government will deal sternly and strictly should the results of Japan's review over its textbooks contain the country's unlawful territorial claim over Dokdo or distortion of history," said Cho Byung-jae, a government spokesman.

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