竹島問題の歴史

17.9.12

1973 Jun 16 - Korean newspaper "Maeil Gyeongje Sinmun" Reports the Discovery of "Parangseo" (坡浪嶼)

In an August 5, 1948 letter of petition to General Douglas MacArthur, a Korean organization known as the Patriotic Old Men's Association claimed that a "series of islands" named "Parangdo" belonged to Korea, but in spite of listing coordinates for the islands and giving distances to them HERE, no one could find them, so Korea dropped its claim.

However, in the following June 16, 1973 article, the Korean newspaper Maeil Gyeongje Sinmun reported the discovery of two newly discovered islands 177.6 kilometers to the southwest of Jeju Island (濟州島). The Korean man who discovered them named them "Parangseo" (파랑서) and "Harangseo" (하랑서).

The article gives the area of the small rock islands as being millions of square meters, which does not seem very small to me, so I suspect he was giving the dimensions as 520m x 392m. That would be a total area of 203,840 sq. meters. (Info in Korean language)
Two Uninhabited Islands Discovered Southwest of Jejudo 
In the open sea 177.6 kilometers to the southwest of Jejudo, two uninhabited islands have been discovered for the first time. The man who discovered them is Han Gwang-seop (韓光燮), who lives in Jeju Province. On the 15th he submitted an application for a permit to occupy waters on the open seas.
 
The two islands are 177.6 kilometers southwest of our southernmost island of Marado (마라도) at 32º 10' N and 125º E in the East China Sea. They are just small, rocky islands. The area of one is 5.2 million sq. meters, and the area of the other is 3.92 million sq. meters.

Mr. Han has named the islands "Parangseo" (파랑서) and "Harangseo" (하랑서). On sea charts they are listed as a reef.

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