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Japan will not invite South Korea to fleet review

  • September 25, 2019
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All national dailies reported on Japan’s decision not to invite South Korea to participate in an international naval review to be held on Oct. 14. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga told the press on Tuesday that relations between Japan and South Korea remain tense and that an environment in which South Korea could participate in the event has not yet been created. MSDF Chief of Staff Yamamura expressed a similar view at a separate press briefing on Tuesday. The MSDF chief told the press that Japan has invited seven countries – the United States, Britain, Canada, Singapore Australia, China, and India. China will join the triennial review for the first time. A spokesperson for South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense said on Tuesday that Seoul has not received a letter of invitation to the event.

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