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Japan, South Korea at odds over wartime issues but vow to improve ties 

  • September 24, 2021
  • , NHK , Kyodo News
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Kyodo News reported that Foreign Minister Motegi and his South Korean counterpart Chung Eui-yong  met in New York on Thursday but failed to narrow gaps over a host of bilateral issues including wartime compensation. Nevertheless, Motegi and Chung agreed to step up communications including through diplomatic channels so that Japan and South Korea can improve their ties and cooperate in broad areas, MOFA said. The two ministers shared the view that it is necessary “to get Japan-South Korea relations to a normal condition” to move forward on broad cooperation, Motegi told reporters after the meeting. “We had a candid and thorough discussion,” he added, noting that the bilateral talks lasted 50 minutes, extending beyond the initially scheduled 30 minutes. NHK also reported this morning on the ministerial meeting, adding that they also exchanged views on North Korea and agreed to continue to work closely toward North Korea’s complete denuclearization. 

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