Seoul, Tokyo likely to Hold Strategic Dialogue
South Korea and Japan are seeking to hold a strategic dialogue between their vice foreign ministers in the foreseeable future to discuss an array of bilateral issues, government sources said Wednesday.
The two countries are in discussions to set the date and agenda for the talks amid frayed bilateral ties aggravated by Japan's stance on historical grievances and its territorial claims to Seoul's easternmost islands of Dokdo, the sources said.
If held, it would mark the first Seoul-Tokyo strategic dialogue since South Korean President Park Geun-hye took office in February 2012, according to South Korea's (Yonhap) News Agency.
The two countries had initially planned to hold such discussions in December last year, but the talks have been suspended since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, considered a symbol of Japan's past militarism.
The strategic dialogue among the two countries was launched in 2005 with the aim of discussing long-term security and bilateral issues.
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