A Japanese official has said the government is “extremely disappointed” over remarks made by South Korean President Park Geun-hye in a major broadcast interview where she said there’s “no purpose” to holding a summit between her and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. She said that until Japan apologizes for its wrongdoings during its occupation of the Korean Peninsula, it is useless to meet and look at a way to repair the relationship of the two neighbours.
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said that Japan has continually been clear to South Korea about their stand on historical issues, particularly that of the comfort women or those forced into sexual slavery for the Imperial Army during the war. He said that Japan would like them to accept this and move on towards trying to ease the tension between the two, aggravated by a territorial dispute over the Takeshima/Dokdo Islands. Despite the disappointment over Park’s remarks, Kato stressed, “South Korea is an important neighbour that shares with us basic values and interests, so Japan will continue efforts to build co-operation.” He also said that according to Abe, it is important that a summit should be held “exactly because there are problems.”
The United States has been trying to get their two military allies to kiss and make-up, but this latest exchange of verbal volleys might make it even more difficult. With the possibility of a resumption of the six-nation talks between the three countries, Russia, China and North Korea, which aims to finally end Pyongyang‘s nuclear program, it is even more imperative that Japan and South Korea present a unified front to strengthen their position against the reclusive state.
[ via BBC ]
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