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S. Korea, Japan vow to cooperate on North

2018-04-12 09:25:18       source:Straits Times

April 12, 2018

SEOUL -- South Korea and Japan yesterday vowed to work closely together on North Korea ahead of the looming inter-Korea summit, but their foreign ministers remained divided over long-standing issues of Japan's wartime crimes and disputed islands.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono made a rare visit to Seoul armed with a list of issues Tokyo wants to push onto the agenda of the April 27 summit between North and South Korea.

At a time of frenetic diplomatic activity in North-east Asia - the North's leader Kim Jong Un is due to meet the heads of both South Korea and the US - Japan has largely remained on the sidelines.

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