(Based on announcements made by the Japanese and South Korean governments)
South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha: We hold the common view that the more difficult the situation is the better we must manage problems to develop our ties.
Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono: We would like to hold frank discussions on difficult issues facing Japan and the ROK. We would also like to confirm our cooperation in handling the North Korean issue.
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Kono: Apparently there are disputes concerning the 1965 agreement. We hope to settle these through consultations based on the accord at the earliest possible date.
Kang: We (explained the ROK’s stance and) propose Japan and South Korea present ideas to each other that will not hamper efforts to build a future-oriented Japan-ROK relationship.
Kang: It is regrettable that a Japanese patrol plane flew at a “low altitude.”
Kono: The plane did not fly at close range claimed by the South Korea side. The announcement (made by the South Korean government) is regrettable.
Kono: The statement that we released on Jan. 21 is our final position.
Kang: The matter needs to be settled promptly through consultations between the two nations’ defense officials.