Korea has delievered its message to the U.S. that history disputes remain a stumbling block to improving relations in Northeast Asia.
Following a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington Tuesday, Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-se said the current situation in the region calls for sincere actions,.. adding that the two agreed on the need to alleviate tensions.
While neither Yun nor Kerry directly mentioned Japan, the comments are almost certainly aimed at Tokyo as they come just weeks after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine escalated tensions with Korea and China.
The shrine honors Japan's war dead, including several Class-A war criminals.
The two officials also agreed to deal sternly with any possible North Korean provocations, with Kerry calling on Pyongyang to choose the path of denuclearization.