The following is the gist of the first bilateral meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae In on Friday on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg.
The two leaders agreed:
— to build “future-oriented” Japan-South Korea ties.
— to resume reciprocal visits by leaders of their countries.
— to cooperate bilaterally and trilaterally with the United States to step up pressure on North Korea.
— to hold a summit meeting among Japan, South Korea and China at an early date.
— a 2015 bilateral accord on the issue of “comfort women” is the basis for future-oriented bilateral ties.
— many South Koreans cannot accept the bilateral deal on the “comfort women” issue.
— he is eager to hold an inter-Korean dialogue.