Abe Not to Meet with Moon in New York

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has no plans to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during his trip to New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly starting Monday, sources familiar with the matter said.

Abe thinks that holding a summit meeting with Moon at this time is not advisable as Seoul has not offered an acceptable solution to the two countries' dispute over wartime labor, the sources said.

"Nothing has been decided" regarding a potential Abe-Moon meeting in New York, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference on Thursday. A close aide to the prime minister said that such a meeting is unlikely to happen.

The prime minister is also expected to decline a proposal from Washington to hold trilateral summit talks with Moon and U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, the sources said.

Abe and Moon last held talks in September last year on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. They only have exchanged greetings at international meetings since the South Korean Supreme Court ordered a Japanese company to pay compensation to Korean wartime workers in October last year.

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