Japan's Abe Negative about Meeting with Moon for Now


Hiroshima, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday sounded negative about holding talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in amid heightened tensions between the two Asian neighbors over trade and history issues.

"First of all, we want South Korea to fully abide by promises linked to the foundations of the bilateral relations, including the (1965) Japan-South Korea claim rights agreement," Abe told a press conference in the western city of Hiroshima.

Abe made the remark ahead of a series of international gatherings next month and later that both he and Moon are expected to attend.

The bilateral relations are rapidly worsening over Seoul's alleged negligence of duties under the 1965 pact in a dispute on the issue of wartime labor and Tokyo's tightening of its export controls on South Korea.

"The biggest question is whether international promises will be kept or not," Abe claimed. "Based on international law, we will continue to assert our country's consistent position and strongly demand the South Korean side take appropriate action."

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