President Moon Jae-in met Japanese Prime Minister Suga for the first time at the summit of seven major countries held in the UK, but the summit did not lead to a summit. We and Japan have completely different voices as to whether there was an agreement in advance to hold an abbreviated summit.
First of all, this is Tokyo correspondent Yoo Seong-jae.
President Moon Jae-in expressed his feelings about his first meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Suga through social
after the G7 summit.
President Moon wrote, "The first meeting with Prime Minister Suga was a precious time that could be a new beginning for Korea-Japan relations," he wrote.
An official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea said that the Japanese side and the working-level team had tentatively agreed to hold a brief summit during the G7, but the Japanese side did not respond.
It is said that they used the so-called Dokdo defense training as an excuse for Korea's territorial defense training in the East Sea, which starts tomorrow (15th).
The Japanese government vehemently denied it.
[Kato / Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan: There is no such fact. Contrary to the facts, it is extremely regrettable that the unilateral transmission is extremely regrettable.]
Japanese Prime Minister Suga said at a meeting with the Japanese media before returning home, that the South Korean government failed to keep its promises between the countries on the issue of forced mobilization and the comfort women issue. He said that it would be difficult to hold a meeting unless it was done.
He also said that he hoped President Moon would use his leadership to resolve issues between the two countries.
Japan is in the position that there is nothing to gain from dialogue with South Korea unless there is a concrete solution to the pending issues, and there are also observations that it will affect whether President Moon will attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics next month.
(Video coverage: Han Cheol-min, Moon Hyun-jin)
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