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FM Motegi holds first meeting with ROK counterpart

NHK reported this morning that Foreign Minister Motegi held his first meeting with ROK Foreign Minister Kang in New York yesterday but the two diplomats simply reiterated their positions and failed to reach an agreement. Motegi demanded that the ROK should rectify its violation of international law in its handling of the wartime workers issue, while Kang said that her government will respect the judiciary’s ruling on this matter. They also exchanged views on Japan’s tighter control on exports to the ROK and the ROK’s unilateral scrapping of its GSOMIA with Japan. They reportedly agreed to continue communication on the requisitioned workers issue through diplomatic channels and affirmed the importance of building a future-oriented bilateral relationship and cooperation in dealing with North Korea issues. According to the Foreign Ministry, during part of the meeting the two ministers spoke with only their interpreters present.

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