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Top ROK diplomat calls for early talks with Japan

Nikkei focused on press remarks this morning by South Korean Foreign Minister Chung, who voiced hope to meet with Foreign Minister Motegi at an early date. He disclosed that one of his top deputies was sent to Tokyo earlier in the day for talks with Japanese diplomats. While explaining that the Moon administration is willing to hold dialogue with the GOJ to resolve bilateral history disputes, Chung failed to respond to Japan’s repeated calls for Seoul to take proper measures. On the requisitioned workers dispute, he said: “As we have already presented a concrete proposal within the scope of the [relevant] Supreme Court rulings, the matter could be resolved through dialogue if Japan would respond positively.” As for the comfort women issue, he was quoted as saying: “99% of the problem could be resolved if Japan would offer a heartfelt apology.”

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