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Japan-South Korea rift

South Korea weighs fighting Fukushima water plan at tribunal

Japan's decision to discharge treated water adds to Tokyo-Seoul tensions

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, expressed his worries over Japan’s decision to discharge the treated wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said it was "unavoidable." (Nikkei montage/Reuters/Kosaku Mimura)

SEOUL -- Japan's plan to release treated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the sea is creating further tensions between Tokyo and Seoul -- two U.S. allies embroiled in various disputes over historical issues.

A day after the decision to discharge the water, South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday asked his secretaries to consider filing a complaint against Japan with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

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