Kishida Seeks S.Korea's Action to Resolve Wartime Labor Issue

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)--Speaking over the phone with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida urged Moon to take action to resolve the wartime labor issue between the neighboring nations.

But Moon only replied that his country and Japan have different legal interpretations on the matter, according to sources who had access to Kishida's first talks as prime minister with the South Korean head.

After the 35-minute conversation, Kishida told reporters that the Japan-South Korea relationship "continues to be in a very difficult situation."

"I will call for appropriate South Korean moves to restore sound bilateral relations," he stressed.

According to officials of the Japanese and South Korean governments, Moon expressed hope that the issue will be resolved diplomatically, and the two leaders agreed to promote communication between them.

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