Japan, S. Korea to Consider Arranging Summit for December

Politics

Nagoya, Nov. 23 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers agreed on Saturday to consider arranging a meeting between their countries' leaders for late December in China on the sidelines of a trilateral summit among Japanese, South Korean and Chinese leaders.

The agreement came during a meeting between Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, following a decision by Seoul on Friday to extend its military intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo.

If realized, it will be the first official meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in since the one in New York in September 2018.

Referring to a dispute between Tokyo and Seoul over wartime labor, Motegi told Kang that the South Korean government is responsible for correcting the current situation that violates international law.

If Japanese companies' assets in South Korea seized in connection with lawsuits over wartime labor are sold, relations between the two countries will get worse, Motegi said.

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