S. Korea-Japan Vice Foreign Ministers Meeting Held in Seoul

Write : 2014-12-29 18:37:41 Update : 2014-12-30 09:03:58

S. Korea-Japan Vice Foreign Ministers Meeting Held in Seoul

Vice Foreign Ministers of South Korea and Japan have agreed to make 2015 the year that marks a turning point in bilateral relations.
A Seoul foreign ministry official said the two countries reached the consensus in a meeting held between South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yong and Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki on Monday in Seoul.
The official said the two sides exchanged views on how to reflect on the past 50 years and how to build on bilateral ties in the future within a broad framework as the year 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties.
The official noted that the two vice ministers saw eye to eye on the need to address the issue of the Korean victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery during World War II and agreed to keep encouraging the working-level talks on the matter.
The two vice ministers also decided to make efforts to hold a trilateral foreign ministers' talk among Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo as early as possible next year.
Other topics covered in Monday's meeting included cooperation on North Korea's nuclear and missiles threats.
Monday marked the first meeting held between South Korean and Japanese officials since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched a new Cabinet last week following the ruling coalition’s victory in the lower house elections.

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