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DM Iwaya rebuffs LDP criticism of his handshake with ROK counterpart

Asahi reported online that Defense Minister Iwaya on Friday dismissed criticism within the ruling LDP of his informal meeting with his South Korean counterpart in Singapore last week. The minister’s detractors, who are reportedly upset about South Korea’s continued denial of the radar illumination incident last December, have taken issue with photos showing an amicable atmosphere in which he and South Korean Defense Minister Jeong shook hands with a simile at the outset of the bilateral meeting. Iwaya told the press today: “Our initial greeting and our discussion were completely different. My motto is to be cordial at the beginning and end of a conversation. There’s nothing wrong with that.” 


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