Seoul Pledges Hard Work to Improve Relations with Tokyo
(MENAFN- QNA) South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se has pledged his government will strive to improve ties with Japan, but added that Japan's failure to apologize for its wartime sex slavery and some other history disputes should be cleared first.
South Korean news agency (Yonhap) quoted Byung-se as saying that Shinzo Abe administration's attitude is of importance this year, the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between Seoul and Tokyo.
"We are making a lot of efforts, with interest, to improve bilateral relations," he said. "There are some obstacles expected in the process," he added.
South Korea hopes to complete talks on Japan's apology and reparations for the victims of the wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women by its troops.
Seoul is opposed to Tokyo's push for listing some of its industrial facilities, where Koreans worked as slave labor in the early 1900s, as world heritage sites. UNESCO's related committee plans to announce its decision on the matter in late June or early July.
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