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PM Suga tells President Moon Japan-ROK relations can’t be left as they are

NHK, TBS, Fuji TV, and TV Asahi reported at noon that Prime Minister Suga and South Korean President Moon spoke for about 20 minutes this morning. The networks quoted Suga as telling reporters after the talks: “I just had my first teleconference with President Moon. The President congratulated me on my inauguration, and I told him that we should work together on a wide range of issues, including the new coronavirus. I said that Japan and South Korea are each an important neighbor of the other and that bilateral cooperation between Japan and South Korea and trilateral cooperation between Japan, South Korea, and the United States are important for tackling such issues as North Korea.” The premier added: “I told President Moon that we cannot leave bilateral relations as they stand since they are extremely strained over such issues as former wartime requisitioned workers. In view of today’s teleconference and based on Japan’s consistent position on various issues, we will continue to strongly call on South Korea to respond appropriately.” The networks said this was the first time for the leaders of Japan and South Korea to hold official talks in about nine months.

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