South Korea, Japan to hold vice ministerial-level talks in SeoulUpdated: 2014-03-12 07:38:14 KST
Amid souring ties between South Korea and Japan, Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki will arrive in Seoul Wednesday for talks with his South Korean counterpart Cho Tae-yong.
Wednesday's talks will be the first vice ministerial-level meeting between the two neighboring countries in eight months, but Seoul's foreign ministry says it's not a sign of thawing ties.
"The South Korean government repeated several times what steps Japan must take for progress in Korea-Japan ties."
Japan has yet to officially apologize for its wartime sexual enslavement of roughly 200-thousand women in the early 20th century.
In an interview with Japan's Mainichi Shimbun Tuesday, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua called out Tokyo for its lack of responsibility over historical issues.
Speaking about why the annual trilateral summit between South Korea, China and Japan did not take place last year, the Chinese diplomat blamed Japan and said he does not see such a meeting happening in the near future.
But U.S. President Barack Obama will try to mediate when he visits Seoul and Tokyo for summit talks in April.
Washington wants its two allies to put history behind them, concerned the intensifying friction will affect their trilateral alliance.
Ahead of President Obama's trip, the three leaders will meet at the end of this month in the Hague for the Nuclear Security Summit.
"Some point to the possibility of a trilateral summit, but the chances of the two neighbors shaking hands are slim.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye has made it perfectly clear she will not sit down with a leader who fails to acknowledge his country's historical wrongdoing.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News."
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