Prospects Bleak for Korea-Japan-U.S. Summit

      March 13, 2014 11:28

      The Japanese government is seeking a trilateral summit between the leaders of Korea, the U.S. and Japan on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague on March 24-25, the Asahi Shimbun reported Wednesday.

      The daily also reported that Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki's visit to Seoul on Wednesday aimed chiefly to bring that about.

      But in his meeting with Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yong in Seoul, Saiki apparently said the Asahi report was inaccurate.

      Seoul's position is that any summit with Japan must be preceded by a sincere indication that Japan will stop trying to whitewash its World War II atrocities in Asia. Cho told Saiki during their meeting that the Park administration is not against a summit but that a "correct view of history is at the base" of the issue.

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