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Gist of Japan-ROK foreign ministerial, June 21

  • 2015-06-22 15:00:00
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(Sankei: June 22, 2015 – p. 3)

 

 World Heritage site listing

 In connection with the registration of “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” as UNESCO World Heritage site, both sides agreed to cooperate in the listing of each other’s sites.

 

 Comfort women issue

 Japan and the ROK reiterated their basic positions. They will continue to discuss this issue at bureau-chief-level talks. They agreed to persevere in bilateral dialogue.

 

 Security bills

 The ROK expressed appreciation for Japan’s efforts to ensure transparency in its explanations so far.

 

 Japan-ROK summit

 Both sides affirmed the importance of holding a Japan-ROK summit. They agreed to work together for holding a summit at an appropriate time.

 

 Japan-China-ROK summit

 Both sides agreed that the trilateral summit should be held as soon as possible within this year.

 

 Mutual participation in commemorative events

 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Park Geun-hye will each attend separate events on June 22 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

 

 North Korea issues

 The two sides affirmed trilateral cooperation among Japan, the U.S., and the ROK in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear arms and missile issues. They also agreed to cooperate in resolving humanitarian issues, including the DPRK’s abduction of Japanese nationals.

 

 Exchange of visits between foreign ministers

 Both sides agreed on exchange of visits between foreign ministers. ROK Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se invited Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to visit the ROK this year. Kishida will arrange for a visit at an appropriate time.

 

 Spratly (Nansha in Chinese) Islands

 Both sides explained their basic positions. They affirmed that this is an important issue for both countries.

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