Yonhap News Agency, Tokyo, November 24 (Xinhua) South Korea and Japan's foreign ministries held a directorate-level meeting in Tokyo on the 24th to discuss the solution to the Japanese forced labor compensation problem during World War II.
Xu Minjung, Director of the Asia-Pacific Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea, and Takehiro Funakoshi, Director of the Asia and Oceania Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, held a meeting in the building of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is the first time since October 11 that the two countries have held a department-level meeting of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after more than 40 days.
It is speculated that since South Korea and Japan have reached consensus on improving relations between the two countries through various diplomatic channels such as summit meetings and consultations between deputy foreign ministers since last month, the directorate-level meeting on that day may focus on the unresolved issue of forced labor claims between the two countries. South Korean President Yoon Seok-yue and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held a summit meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on the 13th of this month, and agreed to maintain coordination and communication to resolve the matter as soon as possible.
Regarding this issue, the Japanese government insists that the issue of compensation has been resolved in 1965 through the "Korea-Japan Claim Rights Agreement." Fund” accepts donations. However, the South Korean government has always asked the Japanese side to make a sincere response, such as the Japanese company involved in the case apologized to the victim and actively prepared compensation.
South Korean Presidential Office officials said on the 16th that they had received reports that the working levels of the two countries were gradually narrowing the gap in opinions. However, Cho Hyun-dong, the first official (deputy minister) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that South Korea and Japan did not focus on discussing a specific solution, and continued to make efforts to explore a reasonable solution. (Finish)
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