June 24, 2019 11:17
The leaders of Korea and Japan will not meet one-on-one at the upcoming G20 Summit in Osaka, as neither side could be persuaded to budge amid a welter of bilateral spats.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Yomiuri TV on Saturday that his itinerary for bilateral meetings is "full."
In Korea, a senior government source said, "Our schedule for bilateral meetings at the G20 Summit is almost completely filled. There are many requests for one-on-one meetings."
The only realistic option now is for President Moon Jae-in and Abe to shake hands briefly as they pass by each other at the meeting.
Moon's summit schedule at the G20 meeting involves the leaders of Canada, China, Indonesia and Russia. Until last week, Cheong Wa Dae officials said "the door is still open" for a Moon-Abe meeting, but now even an informal "pull-aside" seems unlikely.
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