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U.S., Japanese, ROK foreign ministers to hold talks in Bangkok

Yomiuri wrote that MOFA announced on Wednesday that Foreign Minister Kono will hold bilateral talks with his South Korean counterpart Kang in Bangkok on Thursday morning. Mainichi wrote that sources connected to the Japanese and ROK governments disclosed on Wednesday that trilateral talks between the United States, Japan and the ROK will be held on Friday.

 

In a related story, Nikkei claimed that Secretary of State Pompeo expressed U.S. readiness to “mediate” between Japan and South Korea amid their deepening disputes over Korean requisitioned workers and Japan’s tightened control over exports to South Korea, quoting him as telling reporters on Wednesday that he plans to encourage Kono and Kang to “find a path forward.” The paper wrote that it remains to be seen whether trilateral and bilateral meetings between their foreign ministers will affect the GOJ’s plan to make an official decision on Friday to remove South Korea from its “white list” of countries that are subject to minimum trade restrictions. The paper conjectured U.S. defense and foreign affairs officials are concerned an argument has emerged in South Korea that it is necessary to reconsider the Japan-ROK GSOMIA.

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