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MOFA summons ROK embassy official over failure to appoint arbitration panel member

  • June 19, 2019
  • , NHK, TV Asahi
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NHK reported today that the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Director General Kanasugi summoned Kim Kyung-han, deputy chief of mission at the ROK Embassy in Tokyo, to the ministry this morning to convey regret that the ROK government failed to fulfill its obligation under the 1965 bilateral agreement on claims for wartime compensation to appoint a member to an arbitration committee that will deal with the World War II requisitioned worker issue. The deadline for appointing the member was yesterday. NHK said Kim was also told that the ROK will now have to take the next step under the agreement of choosing a third country to name a committee member by July 18, urging the ROK to agree to start the arbitration process. Kim later told reporters that the ROK was “strongly pressed” to engage in arbitration but he merely said that he would report back to Seoul. Meanwhile, at a news conference this morning Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga also voiced regret that the ROK failed to appoint an arbitration committee member. When asked if Prime Minister Abe plans to hold a summit meeting with President Moon on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, Suga would only say that the government will make a decision based on a comprehensive assessment of the situation.

 

In a separate report, TV Asahi cited a senior Foreign Ministry official as saying that Abe has decided not to hold any meeting with Moon since the ROK has not addressed the radar illumination incident or offered a solution for the requisitioned worker issue.

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