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Vice President Biden says he acted as “interlocutor” between Abe and Park

Saturday evening’s Nikkei reported on page 3 that Vice President Biden said in an interview with The Atlantic on Friday that he acted as an “interlocutor” between PM Abe and President Park at the request of PM Abe, adding that the Vice President apparently laid the groundwork for the Japan-ROK summit held last December. According to the paper, Biden disclosed that he called President Park after Abe asked him for help dealing with her. Biden also reportedly said that although he didn’t negotiate the agreement, he had a personal relationship with both of them and they trusted him. “I acted like a divorce counselor,” he said, “putting a marriage back together.”

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