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Moon's special envoys depart to key partner countries Updated: 2017-05-18 07:02:30 KST

Two of five special envoys of South Korean President Moon Jae-in departed on Wednesday to partner countries to discuss pending issues and possible summits with the new tenant of South Korea's presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae.

President Moon's special envoy to Japan, Moon Hee-sang, who left for Tokyo earlier in the day met with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida Wednesday afternoon during which the South Korean lawmaker made clear that most of the Korean public cannot accept the Seoul, Tokyo agreement over the South Korean victims of Imperial Japan's wartime sex slavery struck in December 2015.

"We can't carry on with an agreement that nearly all of the Korean people cannot accept."

The presidential envoy is also reported to have proposed that the two countries wisely overcome the problem based on statements of apology released by previous Japanese prime ministers.
Japan's top diplomat is not reported to have made any comments regarding Moon's remarks.
Seoul's special envoy and Kishida did, however, see eye-to-eye on the need to work together to resolve North Korea's nuclear problem and focus on future-oriented relationship between the neighboring countries.

President Moon's envoy to China will depart on Thursday,… and the remaining delegates to Russia and the European Union will follow suit next week.
And the dispatch of such special envoys, is of vital importance to establish a sound base on foreign alliances in the new administration.

"The foremost important thing is to let them know what the new governments' idea is about. That's the starting point, where the two countries can find their differences. Just knowing what Moon's foreign policy directions are is something they need to know first so that they can fill up the gaps and differences with U.S. and China and so forth."

"With the first teams of special envoys heading toward their respective destinations, questions remain on whether they can pave the way to solving pending issues left by the previous administration.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News."
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