Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono: The relationship between Japan and South Korea is in a difficult situation, but I hope to have a frank discussion. I would like to exchange views regarding relations with North Korea ahead of a U.S.-DPRK summit.
South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha: There are difficult issues between the two countries, but candid communication between the two countries’ diplomatic authorities will become even more important at a time like this.
<Former requisitioned workers>
Kono: We once again ask South Korea to accept our request for holding talks in accordance with the Japan-South Korea pact on war-related claim rights. We’re concerned about the move to seize (a Japanese firm’s assets). So we want South Korea to take an appropriate response to the matter.
Kang: We’re carefully considering responses to the matter.
<Remarks by South Korea’s National Assembly speaker>
Kono: We once again convey Japan’s position that the comments are “extremely inappropriate and regrettable” and we lodge a protest.
<March 1 independence movement>
Kono: We express our concern about the negative impact the 100th anniversary of the March 1 independence movement will have on the Japan-ROK relations.
Kono, Kang confirmed close cooperation between Japan and South Korea and among Japan, the U.S., and South Korea.