S. Korea's Lee Hands Moon's Personal Letter to Abe

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)--Visiting South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon handed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a personal letter from President Moon Jae-in on Thursday in an effort to improve the two countries' soured ties.

In the letter, Moon stressed that Japan is an important partner in promoting peace in Northeast Asia and called for making efforts to resolve pending bilateral issues promptly, according to South Korean media reports.

During the 20-minute meeting with Lee, Abe admitted that the Japan-South Korea relations are in a very difficult situation.

"We want South Korea to start a move to restore a sound bilateral relationship by keeping promises between the two countries," Abe said.

Tokyo claims that South Korean court rulings against Japanese companies over wartime labor have created a situation in which a 1965 bilateral pact is being violated.

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