FM Park relays Yoon’s will to improve Seoul-Tokyo ties in courtesy call on Kishida

Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pose for a photo during their meeting at Kishida’s official residence in Tokyo, July 19. Courtesy of foreign ministry

FM Park relays Yoon’s will to improve Seoul-Tokyo ties in courtesy call on Kishida

South Korea’s chief diplomat said on Tuesday that he delivered an oral message from President Yun Suk-Yul and paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to emphasize his intention to improve relations with Japan.

In a meeting with reporters, Secretary of State Jin outlined the results of the meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo. This is the highlight of his three-day visit to Japan, seen as an attempt to restore bilateral relations tense due to the history of the war. And trade.

In a message to Kishida, Yun’s encounter at the NATO summit in Madrid last month can serve as a “trustworthy partner” to work with Kishida to develop bilateral relations. He said that he gave a sense of security.

Yun also expressed his hope of continuing to work closely with Fumio Kishida and expressed his condolences to the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in an election speech earlier this month.

According to Park, Japanese leaders listened carefully to Yun’s message, recalled having had a “good” discussion with Yun at the NATO summit, and expressed his hope for further discussions in the future.

The minister also said at the 20-minute meeting that he also touched on the delicate issues associated with Japan’s wartime forced labor and sexual slavery. Park added that he hoped that the summit meeting between Yun and Fumio Kishida would be held at a mutually convenient time to promote new relations between the two countries.

Their meeting focused on how to restore the bonds torn by the protracted historical conflict, following the bilateral talks with Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Prime Minister Park the day before.

At a meeting on Monday, Park and Hayashi agreed on the need for an early resolution of problems related to Koreans who were forced into forced labor during the Japanese colonial era of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945.

In 2018, the South Korean Supreme Court ordered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Nippon Steel to compensate the victims of forced labor in South Korea, but the two companies agreed in 1965 to normalize bilateral diplomatic relations. He claimed that all compensation issues had been resolved below and refused to pay them.

Park said Seoul to resolve the forced labor issue before the liquidation of Japanese companies’ assets, as the South Korean Supreme Court is expected to make a final decision on a similar case within the next few months. Promised the effort of.

The Seoul Ministry of Foreign Affairs consulted with a public-private advisory board established earlier this month on the possibility of a compensation program for victims of forced labor in South Korea. (Yonhap News Agency)


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