Abe Seeks to Solve Issues with S. Korea via Diplomatic Talks

Politics

Bangkok, Nov. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday reiterated the country's stance of trying to resolve wartime labor and other bilateral issues with South Korea through discussions between the two countries' diplomatic authorities.

He showed the position at a bilateral meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a Bangkok suburb, at a time when Tokyo-Seoul relations have deteriorated substantially due to a host of difficult issues between them. The Abe-Moon meeting was the first since they met in Papua New Guinea in November 2018 on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit.

During the latest session, which lasted about 10 minutes, Abe and Moon had no specific talks on their possible additional meeting in the future, according to Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Akihiro Nishimura, who is accompanying the prime minister on the trip to Thailand.

On Monday's meeting, the South Korean presidential office said Moon and Abe expressed hopes that measures for Tokyo and Seoul to make substantive progress in their relations will be hammered out through ongoing official talks between high-level foreign ministry officials of the two countries.

Moon proposed that the two nations consider holding higher-level talks if necessary, apparently keeping in mind the possibility of him meeting with Abe again. In response, Abe called for joint efforts to find a solution to bilateral issues by employing all possible methods, the presidential office said.

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