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Seoul wants sincere actions from Tokyo before summit meeting

Updated: 2014-03-17 21:54:23 KST
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With speculation rife over President Park Geun-hye meeting her Japanese counterpart at next week's Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands, Seoul says there's no reason to oppose a sincere and constructive dialogue with Tokyo.
Korean presidential spokesperson Min Kyung-wook told reporters Monday what's important is whether any talks can bring out a productive outcome, not having talks for talks' sake.
The spokesperson said to create an atmosphere for productive discussions, Japan will have to promptly take concrete steps to resolve its colonial-era and other historical issues with neighboring nations.
On Saturday, President Park welcomed Prime Minister Abe's affirmation the day before, that he had no plan to revise a 1993 apology for wartime sexual enslavement by the Japanese military.
This, after Abe's chief spokesperson last month said a special team will review victims' testimonies gathered for the apology known as the Kono Statement.
Although it was the first time the Korean leader positively assessed Abe's comment on historic issues, the concensus at the presidential office seems to be that Tokyo would first need to prove its sincerity.
The Abe cabinet still intends to review how the Kono apology was made, and denies there is evidence women were forced to serve as military prostitutes.
There, however, is a greater possibility for a three-way dialogue with Washington in The Hague.
Ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visits to Seoul and Tokyo next month, Washington has reportedly been pressuring both Seoul and Tokyo to improve their strained ties.
The United States wants strong trilateral ties with both its Northeast Asian allies to ensure regional stability and cope with potential security threats from China.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.


Reporter : yschoi@arirang.co.kr

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