Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida
The leaders of Japan and South Korea spoke on the phone on Friday and said they looked forward to further strengthening ties in view of regional security threats, despite strained bilateral ties. The two leaders expressed common concern over the threats posed by China and North Korea.
The two countries are US military allies and share common concerns about North Korea and China, but relations between them have been strained over the legacy of Japan’s atrocities in World War II. Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Earlier, he spoke with many other world leaders.
Discussions on strengthening cooperation between the two countries
Japan’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Kishida told Moon in a 35-minute phone conversation that it was necessary to strengthen cooperation between the US as well as the two countries to deal with serious security threats in the region. The two leaders reiterated their commitment to security cooperation.
On the other hand, a statement issued by Moon’s office said that North Korea’s nuclear and missile developments remain a threat to the region and they expect nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang to resume soon.
relations had deteriorated
Relations between Japan and South Korea were strained when a South Korean court ordered Japanese companies to pay compensation to Korean compulsions for their atrocities during World War II. Business relations were damaged by this order.
Japan’s Prime Minister gave information
Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, speaking to the media on Friday, said, “Ties between Japan and South Korea remain tense.” He called on South Korea to improve communication and diplomacy between the two countries. Requested to take concrete steps”. Kishida said there were no plans for an individual summit between the two countries.
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