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Tillerson's remarks causes confusion, using different descriptions for S. Korea and Japan Updated: 2017-03-20 08:03:36 KST

And over to the latest on the visit to three Northeastern Asian nations by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
Comments made by America's top diplomat have caused some confusion, as he described Japan as the "most important ally". while calling South Korea an "important partner."
This came in his interview with the Independent Journal Review, the only media that travelled with him to Japan, South Korea and China.
This is the first time the U.S. has differentiated between its two allies in the Asia-Pacific region.
Seoul's foreign ministry responded by saying that looking at the overall context, Tillerson has stated that there's NO imbalance between Washington's relationship with South Korea and Japan.
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