All Monday papers wrote that South Korea’s Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday that Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will make a two-day visit to Japan from Tuesday for talks with her Japanese counterpart Kono. The two officials are expected to discuss North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and the implementation of the 2015 bilateral agreement on the comfort women, in which Japan and South Korea agreed to resolve the issue finally and irreversibly. Kang is also making arrangements to meet with Prime Minister Abe. The Moon administration plans to announce the results of its review of the agreement by the end of this year after hearing Kang’s briefing on her talks with the Japanese officials. Asahi wrote that the ROK government understands that Japan will not accept renegotiations of the agreement.
In a related development, the papers wrote that a senior ROK government official said on Sunday that President Moon may consider visiting Japan separately from an envisaged trilateral summit with his Japanese and Chinese leaders if the schedule of the summit is delayed further. The papers wrote that although President Moon is hoping to visit Japan at an early date to invite Prime Minister Abe to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in February, the trilateral summit appears unlikely to be convened until after the spring.