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The top South Korean and Japanese diplomats met in Cambodia on the sidelines of a series of ASEAN meetings.
They agreed to intensify their efforts to improve bilateral relations as well as trilateral cooperation with the United States on pressing regional issues.
Min Suk-hyen informs us.
South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin on Thursday met with his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on the sidelines of ASEAN meetings.
This is already their second meeting in less than three weeks.
After briefly having talks with Hayashi, Park told reporters that they exchanged views on ways to improve relations as well as outstanding issues and matters of mutual interest.
He also pointed out that they had agreed to further speed up negotiations, apparently in a bid to mend their strained ties.
It comes as South Korea and Japan seek to resolve outstanding issues, particularly the issue of compensation for victims of wartime forced labor.
During their previous meeting in Tokyo last month, the two foreign ministers agreed on a quick settlement, but no major breakthrough has been made so far.
The Seoul Foreign Ministry stressed on Thursday that efforts are underway.
“The Korean government is continuing diplomatic consultations with Japan to find a reasonable solution in line with the common interests of the two countries, and we will continue to make sincere efforts.”
During Thursday’s brief meeting, Park and Hayashi also agreed to step up their trilateral cooperation with the United States amid persistent nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi were due to hold bilateral talks at ASEAN meetings this week.
However, Beijing’s foreign ministry said the meeting would not take place because Japan, along with other G7 members, denounced China for its actions in the Taiwan Strait.
The talks were called off amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing following the recent visit to Taiwan by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.