May 06, 2021 08:19
Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi met on the sidelines of a G7 ministerial meeting on Wednesday but were unable to narrow their differences over contentious historical issues.
The two first sat with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken but then continued their discussion between themselves.
Chung expressed objections to Japan's plan to discharge radioactive water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean, adding there are "deep concerns" over Tokyo announcing the plan without "enough consultations" with its neighbors.
They also talked about the thorny historical issues of compensating Korean victims of Japan's wartime sexual enslavement and forced labor but got nowhere.
Still, in their first meeting since they both took office, they pledged to continue to talk on pending issues and develop a "future-oriented" relationship.
In their meeting with Blinken, they also agreed to keep working together for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, stressing the importance of trilateral cooperation toward that goal.
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