No Improvement in Japan-S. Korea Ties in Sight

Politics

Seoul, May 14 (Jiji Press)--The outlook for Japan-South Korea relations remains poor, with the administration of South Korean President Moon Jae-in taking moves that go against its proclaimed goal of building a future-oriented partnership between the two Asian allies.

Two years have passed since the Moon administration was launched in May 2017. One Japanese government official was at first relieved to see the Moon administration taking a "more realistic approach than expected."

During his presidential election campaign, Moon pledged to renegotiate the December 2015 landmark bilateral accord to "finally and irreversibly" resolve the issue of former Korean comfort women, who were forced to provide sex to Japanese troops before and during World War II.

But he stopped short of mentioning the possibility of renegotiations after he took office, while saying that most South Koreans do not accept the deal.

Tokyo also took heart from the administration's two-track policy of separating history issues and other matters including security cooperation apparently in view of the threat of North Korea.

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