Tokyo, Seoul Reaffirm Cooperation over N. Korea


Seoul, Feb. 9 (Jiji Press)--Senior Japanese diplomat Kenji Kanasugi on Saturday reiterated his country's stance to continue cooperation with South Korea over issues related to North Korea, despite strained ties between Tokyo and Seoul.

On the day, Kanasugi, director-general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, met with Lee Do-hoon, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs at the South Korean Foreign Ministry, in Seoul.

"Although it's true that Japan and South Korea have difficult bilateral issues, Lee and I share the view that cooperation between the two countries and among the two plus the United States is important in dealing with North Korean issues," Kanasugi told reporters after the meeting.

"From this perspective, we had good discussions this time, too," he added.

Relations between Japan and South Korea have deteriorated due to a series of South Korean top court rulings that ordered Japanese firms to pay compensation to South Koreans who were requisitioned to work in Japan during World War II and an incident last December in which a South Korean destroyer directed its fire-control radar at a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane over the Sea of Japan.

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