May 11, 2017 11:39
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday morning sent a message through his Foreign Ministry to congratulate new President Moon Jae-in on his election victory.
He proposed an early summit with Moon, saying he would like to meet the new Korean president as soon as possible to "exchange candid views on matters of mutual concern."
The red-hot issue in the Japanese media that day was whether Moon will honor a controversial deal his predecessor struck over the victims of wartime sex slavery. Moon during his campaign pledged to seek renegotiations.
In a press briefing, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga stressed the need for Seoul and Tokyo to comply with the agreement, adding that the international community and the U.S. also value the agreement.
He pledged to push for talks with Seoul to remove a statue honoring the victims outside the Japanese Consulate General in Busan and highlighted Korea's commitment to removing such statues from the immediate vicinity of Japanese mission under the deal.
He also said trilateral cooperation between Seoul, Washington, and Tokyo is vital to solving the North Korean nuclear issue.
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