SEOUL, July 21 (Yonhap)-President Yoon Suk-yeol has strongly vowed to improve relations between South Korea and Japan, saying the two countries should build trust based on common interests. , said Thursday the country’s head of diplomacy.
Foreign Minister Park Jin made the comment after giving a political briefing to Yoon following a visit to Tokyo earlier this week.
“He is strongly committed to improving relations between South Korea and Japan and believes that South Korea and Japan should build trust in the future in line with our common interests,” Park told reporters.
“That’s why we’re working to find reasonable solutions from this point of view,” he said.
Relations between Seoul and Tokyo have deteriorated sharply in recent years due to historical conflicts that arose from Japanese colonial rule in Korea from 1910 to 1945, including issues of compensation to victims of forced labor and slavery.
Park was the first South Korean foreign minister to visit Tokyo in four years and seven months, demonstrating Yoon’s commitment to improving bilateral relations.
Both sides discussed the issue of compensation for victims of forced labor in South Korea, which has become urgent as the Supreme Court will soon deliver a ruling to liquidate the assets of the two Japanese companies to be enforced. a 2018 ruling that mandates payment. .
“We need to find solutions immediately because of Japan’s concerns about liquidation and the high age of the victims,” Park said. “I explained our position during my visit to Japan and conveyed the message that it is important for Japan to act in sincere response.”
Japan maintained the position that all issues related to compensation were settled under the 1965 agreement that normalized bilateral diplomatic relations.
Park said he had an in -depth discussion about China during his meeting with the president, including ways to build a “mature and healthy relationship” between the two countries with a long shared history.
Yoon called for “active diplomacy” with China to ensure there is no disagreement about Seoul’s participation in the US-led Indo-Pacific economic framework or the possible participation in “Fab 4, “a US -led semiconductor alliance.
“They are not intended to exclude certain countries, but (these) are things that need to be considered in the process of expanding South Korea’s national interest,” Park explained.
Regarding North Korea, the minister said the government will curb North Korean provocations based on a consistent and firm principle and will take strict measures if there is any possible provocation.
He also said the government would follow a roadmap for the real denuclearization of North Korea and the normal and fundamental development of inter-Korean relations, rather than a desire to hold political events with the North for show. .
“Together with the concerned bodies, we will develop and implement a bold plan,” he added.
Presidential spokesman Kang In-sun told reporters that the president gave numerous instructions during the political briefing, highlighting the need for active diplomacy in cooperation with the international community based on universal rules and values. .
He asked Park to increase the country’s interest by pursuing diplomacy with the four major countries, namely the United States, Japan, China and Russia, based on the strong South Korea-United States alliance. East, Europe, Africa and Latin America.
He also referred to “economic diplomacy” as the most important, saying that “he will go anywhere if it helps our economy,” according to Kang.
The president further instructed the minister to do everything possible for South Korea to host the 2030 World Expo in Busan.