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Japanese, ROK prime ministers discuss bilateral relations

NHK reported that Prime Minister Abe and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon held talks at the Kantei this morning. The network said that at the outset of their 20-minute meeting, Abe welcomed Lee’s first visit to Japan as prime minister and Lee offered congratulations on the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito and handed Abe a letter from President Moon. The broadcaster said that Abe stressed the importance of bilateral and trilateral cooperation between Japan, South Korea, and the United States in dealing with the DPRK and other issues. Abe was quoted as saying that although relations between Japan and South Korea are in a difficult state, they should not leave the situation unaddressed because the ties between the two nations are very important. NHK also said that with the bilateral dispute over compensation for former Korean requisitioned workers in mind, Abe renewed Japan’s request to the ROK to rectify the situation which it considers a violation of international law and conveyed that Japan hopes South Korea will create an environment that will enable them to return to healthy ties by abiding by its international promises. Abe reportedly expressed Japan’s intention to continue diplomatic communications with South Korea to resolve their outstanding issues. Lee reportedly responded by saying that he shares Abe’s view on the importance of dialogue.

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