The U.S. State Department emphasized on Monday the importance of a strong and close relationship between South Korea, the U.S. and Japan.
This comes in response to President Moon Jae-in's message to Japan during his speech on Monday on the March First Independence Movement, in which he reached out his hand for reconciliation.
The spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said the Biden administration is committed to strengthening its relationship with South Korea and Japan, its key allies in Northeast Asia.
He added that their trilateral relationship promotes the common goals of peace and security across the Korean peninsula and the Indo-Pacific region.
President Moon had said that he is ready to sit down for talks with the Japanese government and that they should not be held back by the past.
We must not let the past hold us back. I am confident that if we put our heads together in the spirit of trying to understand each other's perspectives, we will be able to wisely resolve past issues.
President Moon also showed his intention to cooperate with Japan so that the Tokyo Olympics is a success.
"The Tokyo Olympics which will be held this year could be an opportunity for talks between South Korea and Japan, between South and North Korea, between North Korea and Japan, and between North Korea and the U.S."
And he expressed willingness to actively improve the Seoul-Tokyo relationship saying that he hopes their strong cooperation makes a new order in the post-Covid era.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.