April 30, 2021 11:27
The foreign ministers of Korea, Japan and the U.S. will probably sit down together on the sidelines of the upcoming G7 foreign ministers' meeting, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Thursday.
The U.S. is keen to arrange the trilateral meeting despite icy relations between Korea and Japan over historical issues that have spilled over into trade and other areas. It will be 15 months since such a meeting was held in February last year.
There has been no meeting between foreign ministers of Korea and Japan since the government of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga was inaugurated in September last year. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi has refused even to talk on the phone with his Korean counterpart Chung Eui-yong, who took office in February.
Korean Ambassador Kang Chang-il, who arrived in Tokyo in January, has not yet been able to present his credentials to the Japanese emperor.
The U.S. now hopes to break the ice with the trilateral foreign ministers' meeting. Washington is eager to restore trilateral cooperation in its drive to keep China's growing power in the Asia-Pacific region in check.
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