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S. Korean prime minister to give Moon letter to Abe

  • October 23, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 12:55 p.m.
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Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)–South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon intends to give a letter from President Moon Jae-in to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, it was learned Wednesday.

Lee, who attended Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s “Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi” enthronement proclamation ceremony on Tuesday, will hand the letter to Abe at a meeting being arranged, according to former Japanese Finance Minister Fukushiro Nukaga, who held talks with Lee on Wednesday. Nukaga heads a suprapartisan group of Japanese lawmakers working to promote ties between Japan and South Korea.

At the meeting, Nukaga, a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, explained the Japanese government’s stance on the wartime labor issue between Japan and South Korea.

Lee said that basically abiding by a bilateral treaty on claims and property should be a precondition for addressing the issue. The treaty was concluded in 1965, when the two countries normalized their diplomatic relations.

Acknowledging that allowing bilateral relations to remain strained would be negative for both countries, the two agreed to work hard to find a solution.

Nukaga and Lee also confirmed that they will make efforts to lay the groundwork for realizing a Japan-South Korea summit meeting.

Former Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura, who serves as secretary-general of the suprapartisan group, also attended the meeting between Nukaga and Lee.

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