1951.Aug 9th. U.S State Dept. (Rusk Documents) "As regards the islands of Dokdo, otherwise known as Takeshima or Liancourt Rocks was never treated as part of Korea and, since about 1905, has been under the jurisdiction of the Oki Islands Branch Office of Shimane Prefecture of Japan. The Island does not appear ever before to have been claimed by Korea."
U.S Secretary of State Dean Rusk 1961-69))
Self righteousness by the South Korean government is simply reprehensible. They ignore and turn a blind eye to historical facts.
Please take a look at this video, and you will get a clear picture of how the U.S viewed the so called "Takeshima/Dokdo dispute" soon after WW2.
As a reminder, Takeshima appeared in Japanese annals in 1667, on "Inshu Shicho Gakki".
On the other hand, it was not until March 5th, 1906 that the word "Dokdo" ever appeared on Korean official document.
Seoul's claim is groundless, unfortunately.
It is hardly known that the Korea's Chosun dynasty implemented the so called "Empty island policy" from 1403 - 1882. The Koreans were given death penalty if they sailed across the sea to a distant island for fisheries, came back and caught by the authorities. Under those circumstances, who on earth would risk their life just to go to " 2 rocks without fresh water" 200KM away guys? Simply unimaginable. On the other hand, Japanese have voracious appetite for FISH, as all of you know. Not only did we sail to Takeshima(Dokdo), but our ancestors went ever further west, all the way to the present day Ullelung Island of Korea from the 1600's.