Senior officials from Korea and Japan met
for a round of defense talks in Seoul on this Tuesday.
The meeting， which is the first since late 2009， focused on Japan′s moves to revise
its security laws. Hwang Sung－hee reports.
The so－called two－plus－two meeting， held in Seoul on Tuesday， was the first
high－level security talks between Korea and Japan in more than five years.
The near－three hour meeting involved two defense and foreign ministry officials from
the two sides. Korea asked Japan to refrain from raising
concerns of neighboring countries by maintaining transparency in the process of modifying its
security laws and revising its defense guidelines with the United States.
They stressed Tokyo must seek Seoul′s consent before pushing ahead with any matter that
involves security on the Korean Peninsula. To that， Japan said it will remain transparent
with its activities and respect Korea′s sovereignty.
A senior official at Seoul′s foreign ministry said Tokyo also suggested holding a meeting
between their defense ministers as soon as possible， to which Korea said the issue
will be taken under review. The security talks between the two neighbors
were suspended since late 2009 due to strained bilateral relations over historical and territorial
issues. It′s also the first in a series of similar
talks to be held later this week. Vice foreign ministers from the two sides
will meet with their U.S. counterpart in Washington on Thursday， which will be followed by a
trilateral high－level security dialogue. Hwang Sung－hee， Arirang News.