Abe Hopes to Work with S. Korea on N. Korean Issues
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed hope to work together with new South Korean President Moon Jae-in to develop bilateral relations and cooperate on the North Korean issues.
Japan’s Kyodo News said that Abe expressed the hope on Wednesday during a meeting with officials of the government and the ruling party, calling South Korea Japan’s most important neighbor that shares its strategic interests.
Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of Japan’s ruling coalition partner the Komeito Party, expressed respect and gave a blessing to the new president, and hoped that the two nations will enhance their ties and build friendly relations.
As for Moon’s position to seek renegotiation of the 2015 bilateral agreement on Japan’s wartime sex slavery, Takeo Kawamura, a senior official of the Japan-South Korea parliamentarians union, told reporters that Japan could deal with the matter when Seoul makes a proposal.