Kuril Islands

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Ku·ril Islands

also Ku·rile Islands  (ko͝or′ĭl, ko͞o-rēl′)
An island chain of extreme eastern Russia extending about 1,210 km (750 mi) in the Pacific Ocean between Kamchatka and eastern Hokkaido, Japan. The volcanic, largely uninhabited islands were held by Japan from 1875 to 1945.

Ku·ril′i·an adj. & n.

Kuril Islands

(kʊˈriːl) or

Kurile Islands

pl n
(Placename) a chain of 56 volcanic islands off the NE coast of Asia, extending for 1200 km (750 miles) from the S tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula to NE Hokkaido. Area: 14 990 sq km (6020 sq miles). Japanese name: Chishima
Îles KourilesKouriles
KuryleWyspy Kurylskie
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In the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty, Japan renounced all claims to the Kuril Islands, known in Japan as the Chishima Islands. But Japan has taken the position that Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and Habomai were not included.
The typhoon is expected to weaken into a temperate-zone cyclone by Tuesday after moving in the direction of the Chishima Islands, also known as the Kuril Islands, which separate the Sea of Okhotsk from the North Pacific Ocean, the agency said.
Stalin's Red Army nonetheless invaded the Chishima Islands, and has occupied them, Southern Karafuto (or Southern Sakhalin), and the islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan, and Habomai - which had never been part of the Russian Empire or the Soviet Union at any point in history - ever since.