Japan-S. Korea foreign ministers planning talks

20-Sep-2019 Intellasia | JapanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The Japanese and South Korean governments are arranging a meeting between Foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, to be held during the ongoing UN general Assembly meeting in New York, according to Japanese government sources.

It will be the first Japan-South Korean foreign ministers’ talks after Motegi took his current post.

The ministers are expected to discuss such issues as South Korean former wartime requisitioned workers, tightened export controls by the Japanese government against South Korea and the general Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), a pact that South Korea has decided to scrap.

It will be the two countries’ first foreign ministerial talks since August. However, it is unclear whether a replacement of a Japanese foreign minister, brought about by a Cabinet reshuffle, will lead to the improvement of deteriorating bilateral relations, as the two governments’ position over issues such as South Korean former wartime requisitioned workers have remained unchanged.



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