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Vice FMs from S. Korea, U.S., Japan hold talks in Tokyo on COVID-19, N. Korea and other issues Updated: 2021-07-21 09:26:52 KST

The number two diplomats from South Korea, the U.S. and Japan have been meeting in Tokyo for talks on boosting three-way cooperation on a variety of issues.
For more, we have our foreign ministry correspondent Yoon Jung-min on the line.
Jung-min, just walk us through what was discussed.

Sure Mark.
Seoul's Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun has just wrapped up a meeting with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts Wendy Sherman and Takeo Mori.
Their agenda included cooperation in the fight against COVID-19, tackling climate change and North Korea issues.
The high-level talks are first of their kind in four years.
The Biden administration has been stressing the importance of working with its allies on regional and global issues.

Despite that, the meeting comes as Seoul-Tokyo relations have hit a fresh low, following recent controversial remarks about President Moon Jae-in by a senior Seoul-based Japanese diplomat as well as a series of historical and territorial issues.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Tuesday that the U.S. has long encouraged South Korea and Japan to work together on history-related issues in a way that promotes healing and reconciliation, highlighting the need for a robust trilateral relationship.

Following today's meeting, Choi will host his U.S. counterpart Wendy Sherman on Friday for talks in Seoul.
Back to you, Mark.
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