Japan, S. Korea Apart over Wartime Labor, GSOMIA

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)--Senior Japanese and South Korean diplomats at their meeting Friday failed to break the deadlock over the issues of wartime labor and the two countries' military information-sharing pact known as GSOMIA.

Tokyo and Seoul remained apart as both sides only repeated their respective positions on the sticky issues, sources with access to the talks said.

The meeting, held in Tokyo for about two hours and 20 minutes, was attended by Shigeki Takizaki, director-general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of Japan's Foreign Ministry, and Kim Jung-han, director-general for Asian and Pacific affairs of South Korea's Foreign Ministry.

Relations between the two East Asian neighbors have deteriorated due partly to the labor issue. Last year, South Korea's Supreme Court ordered two Japanese companies to pay compensation to South Koreans requisitioned to work for them during World War II. Japan says that wartime labor issues were fully resolved under a 1965 bilateral pact on property and claims.

According to the Japanese ministry, Takizaki and Kim focused mostly on the wartime labor issue. Takizaki called on South Korea to definitely follow the 1965 pact and correct what Tokyo claims is its violation of international law over the matter.

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