South Korea is ready to sit down for talks with Japan anytime.
That's President Moon Jae-in as he addressed the nation to mark the 1-hundred-2nd anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement this morning.
His message to Japan had been closely watched for and it was one calling for a future-oriented relationship with a quote "close neighbor" as it would also be helpful for the Seoul, Washington, Tokyo trilateral partnership.
The Tokyo Olympics scheduled for this year may serve as an opportunity for dialogue between South Korea and Japan, the two Koreas, North Korea and Japan, as well as North Korea and the U.S. I hope that both countries will be able to revive our economies, hit by COVID-19, and jointly create a new order in the post-virus era through further cooperation.
He said the two countries need to separate issues of the past with that of the future.
On North Korea, President Moon said South Korea will continue efforts for peace and complete denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.
He revisited the regional healthcare cooperation initiative that currently involves South Korea, China, Mongolia and the U.S. airing hopes to engage with North Korea.
The annual event, to commemorate the 1919 nationwide protest against Japan's colonization, was scaled down due to the ongoing pandemic.