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ROK PM Lee meets with Japanese politicians

  • October 24, 2019
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All national papers wrote that visiting South Korean Prime Minister Lee held talks with Japanese ruling and opposition lawmakers yesterday and explained that when he meets with Prime Minister Abe, he will deliver a letter from President Moon. The dailies reported that the requisitioned worker dispute came up during the sessions and Lee emphasized his government’s desire to resolve the matter through dialogue.


Sankei wrote some ROK officials expect Lee’s meeting with Abe will lead to a breakthrough in the bilateral standoff. However, Lee was reportedly quick to tamp down expectations by telling the press yesterday that the bilateral friction is not something that can be resolved through an exchange of a few words. “The purpose of the meeting is to create an atmosphere to promote dialogue to the maximum extent possible,” he added. According to the daily, Lee interacted with Keio University students yesterday, telling them that economic issues should be kept separate from politics. The daily interpreted this remark to mean that the Moon administration views Japan’s tighter export controls as the most pressing issue that needs to be resolved to achieve reconciliation.

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