Moon Calls for Looking Squarely at Facts for Solid Japan-S. Korea Ties

Politics

Seoul, Nov. 18 (Jiji Press)--South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Japanese and South Korean people on Sunday to look squarely at historical facts to establish solid bilateral ties.

In his written message to a joint meeting of the Japan-Korea and Korea-Japan Cooperation Committees held in Seoul, Moon said Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula until the end of World War II is a bitter experience of the past for both countries.

But people in the two countries should look squarely at even painful truth to forge sustainable, solid bilateral relations, he said.

Moon also pointed out that Japanese and South Koran people can be real friends if they establish justice and principles by respecting each other's position, calling on the two countries to exercise wisdom to resolve issues related to historical events, such as "comfort women" and the recent South Korean Supreme Court's order for a Japanese firm's compensation for wartime forced labor of Koreans.

Meanwhile, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, also in a written message, noted that Tokyo and Seoul have many times reaffirmed the two countries' cooperation in establishing future-oriented bilateral relations so far this year, which marks the 20th anniversary of the Japan-South Korea partnership declaration.

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