Tokyo Said Seeking Seoul's Reply to Talk Request within 30 Days

Politics

Seoul, Jan. 14 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government has requested the South Korean government to make a reply within 30 days to its proposal for bilateral talks on the issue of wartime requisitioned labor, local media reported Monday.

According to the news reports, the request was made in a letter handed to South Korean Ambassador to Japan Lee Su-hoon by a senior Japanese Foreign Ministry official on Wednesday.

The Japanese official summoned Lee to the ministry to protest the South Korean Supreme Court's approval of the seizure of Korean assets of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. <5401> in a World War II compensation lawsuit filed by former workers of the firm who claim to have been requisitioned from the Korean Peninsula for forced labor in Japan.

The media reports pointed out that some South Korean government officials now think that Tokyo ignored the sovereignty of South Korea by setting a deadline for a reply to a request that should be considered carefully.

Commenting on the reports, a South Korean Foreign Ministry official said that Seoul is carefully examining the Japanese request for the bilateral talks.

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