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S. Korea, Japan FMs unable to narrow differences on historical issues, Fukushima water controversy Updated: 2021-05-06 13:06:11 KST


South Korean foreign minister Chung Eui-yong met on Wednesday with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi for the first time since taking office, as Seoul-Tokyo ties remain strained over historical issues and other matters.
The two-way meeting was held in London right after a trilateral meeting with the U.S. on the sidelines of a G7 ministerial meeting.
During the meeting, Chung delivered Seoul's opposition to Japan's plan to discharge radioactive water from Fukushima into the ocean, adding there are "deep concerns" over Tokyo announcing the plan without "enough consultations" with its neighbors.
They also talked about the thorny historical issues of compensating Korean victims of Japan's wartime sexual enslavement and forced labor, on which they could not narrow their differences.
But Seoul and Tokyo agreed to work together, along with Washington, on North Korea issues for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
They also pledged to continue communication on pending issues and develop a future-oriented relationship.

During their meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the same day, they agreed to keep working together for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, stressing again the importance of trilateral cooperation toward that goal.
Seoul's foreign ministry also said Blinken shared the Biden administration's new policy on North Korea, now the review is complete.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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