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Foreign Minister Hayashi speaks briefly with South Korean counterpart 

All national dailies wrote that Foreign Minister Hayashi held a brief conversation with his South Korean counterpart Chung Eui-yong on the sidelines of the G7 foreign ministerial meeting in Liverpool on Saturday. This was the first time for the two foreign ministers to hold talks. According to Japan’s Foreign Ministry, the two ministers briefly chatted at an informal dinner party for the G7 foreign ministers, and Hayashi asked Chung to have South Korea take “appropriate steps” to resolve the bilateral disputes involving the issues of comfort women and requisitioned workers. Hayashi and Chung also confirmed the importance of bilateral and trilateral cooperation with United States in dealing with North Korea and agreed on the need to accelerate diplomatic dialogue between Tokyo and Seoul to restore healthy bilateral ties  

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