Top diplomats from Korea and Japan have wrapped up their talks in Germany on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers' meeting,… raising speculations on whether the two envoys found a way to exit from their frosted bilateral relations.
Reflecting the heightened tensions between Seoul and Tokyo stemming from the installation of a statue dedicated to Japan's wartime sex slavery victims in Korea,…the opening statements by the two ministers were held behind closed doors.
Although details of the bilateral discussions are unknown, Korea's foreign minister Yun Byung-se and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida have reportedly expressed their stances on the so-called 'comfort woman' statue in front of the Japanese consulate in Korea's southern port city of Busan as well as Tokyo's recently released guideline on textbook studies that require Korea's Dokdo Island be stated as Japan's territory in school courses.
The results of the talks will serve as an important milestone for the future of Seoul-Tokyo ties.
Japan's ambassador to Seoul and its consul general have still not returned to Korea after being summoned last month.