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Sources: GOJ considering foregoing Japan-ROK summit on sidelines of G20 Summit

A Sankei front-page report on Sunday cited several government sources revealing on Saturday that the government is considering not holding a Japan-ROK summit on the sidelines of the G20 Osaka Summit in June in light of the Moon Jae-in administration’s “inaction” amid the deterioration of the bilateral relationship to its “worst level ever” due to compensation claims by former requisitioned workers as well as the ROK’s recent announcement that its ban on seafood imports from eight Japanese prefectures will remain in place since the WTO ruled in its favor and its refusal to discuss lifting the ban with Japan. A senior MOFA official was quoted as saying that it is unlikely that a bilateral summit would be held under the present circumstances.

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