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S. Korean FM to meet with American, Japanese counterparts in Munich Updated: 2020-02-14 16:28:08 KST

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will be meeting with her American and Japanese counterparts over the weekend on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
Seoul's Foreign Ministry says Kang, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will meet on Saturday, most likely to discuss North Korea policy.

It hasn't been confirmed whether there will be a one-on-one between Kang and Pompeo.
But speaking to reporters at the airport on Thursday, Kang said

"If opportunity occurs, then we will have a few things to talk about such as the sharing of defense costs and the situation on the Korean Peninsula."

Meanwhile, a bilateral meeting between South Korean and Japanese Foreign Ministers is also scheduled as the two countries face difficulties in repairing their fractured relationship.
Japan has restricted exports to South Korea in retaliation for the South Korean Supreme Court's rulings in 2018 that ordered Japanese firms to compensate the Korean victims of Japan's wartime forced labor.
Seoul, in turn, decided to terminate its intel-sharing pact with Japan, but in the end delayed that decision.
Senior officials from Seoul and Tokyo have met several times over the matter, but the two sides are still far apart.

Another talking point is the radioactive waste in Fukushima.
Japan has not yet officially decided how to deal with it, but is leaning towards releasing it into the sea.
Seoul is urging Tokyo to share related information transparently and abide by international standards.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.
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