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Gist of meeting between Japanese, ROK foreign ministers

Following is the gist of a meeting between the foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea.


Japan-South Korea relationship


Foreign Minister Taro Kono: South Korea shares strategic benefits with Japan and thus it is our most important neighbor.


South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha: Though there are difficult issues between Japan and South Korea, I hope we will come up with innovative thinking and overcome these problems wisely.


Comfort women issue


Kono: It is important to steadily implement the accord Japan and South Korea have concluded. We must manage it appropriately to ensure the overall relationship will not be harmed.


Kang: A majority of people in South Korea cannot embrace (the agreement). That is the reality.


North Korea


Kono and Kwag said they confirmed the close coordination between Japan and South Korea, as well as Japan, the U.S. and South Korea, and that they will seek [the cooperation of] China and Russia.

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