Seoul, Tokyo officials meet amid disputes over trade, history, diplomacy

Seoul, Tokyo officials meet amid disputes over trade, history, diplomacy


Foreign ministry officials from South Korea
and Japan sat down for talks. While this is a meeting held regulartly, it
comes at a critical time when the two neighbors are locking horns over various issues. On the same day, culture ministers from both
countries also got together. Yoon Jung-min has the highlights from those
sessions. Foreign ministry officials from South Korea
and Japan met in Seoul on Thursday for the first time since Tokyo removed Seoul from
its whitelist of trusted trading partners. The foreign ministry’s director-general for
Asian and Pacific affairs Kim Jung-han sat down with his Japanese counterpart Kenji Kanasugi
for bilateral talks. Seoul’s foreign ministry said the two sides
discussed a range of issues… including the forced-labor issue. Kim expressed regret over Japan removing South
Korea from its whitelist and asked Tokyo to reverse the decision,… while once again
urging dialogue. The official also delivered Seoul’s concerns
over Japan’s plan to discharge contaminated water from Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean
and asked for updates on the matter. Kanasugi, meanwhile, expressed regret over
Seoul’s decision to end the military intel-sharing pact with Tokyo,… and asked Seoul to reconsider. The Japanese diplomat also met his other counterpart
on nuclear negotiations, Lee Do-hoon, after the meeting with Seoul’s foreign ministry. They discussed ways to counteract the regime’s
nuclear and missile threats,…and the Seoul-Washington-Tokyo trilateral cooperation to help talks between
North Korea and the U.S. resume as early as possible. On the same day, the culture ministers from
Seoul and Tokyo also met for talks. South Korean Culture Minister Park Yang-woo
sat down with his Japanese counterpart Masahiko Shibayama( ) for bilateral talks in Incheon. The talks were held ahead of the annual three-way
culture and tourism meeting between Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo, which will be held on Friday. Though it is a difficult time for Seoul-Tokyo
relations in terms of diplomacy and trade,… both ministers agreed on the need for cultural
exchanges between citizens and discussed ways to promote cultural events. Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.

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